Hey Obed, howzit.
I don’t know what to say.
Thank heavens for the “mighty sword that stands ready to chop the ugly head of impunity off its stiffened neck”.
Let it swing with glorious purpose!
This week I felt delighted to live in South Africa, this after I felt depressed by it.
The strike by taxi drivers, which saw hundreds of thousands of people massively inconvenienced, reminded me how we’re so easily held to ransom by politically connected thugs.
Then the Constitutional Court ruled on Nkandla and some thugs were deftly put in their place.
I was gratefully reminded that though we live in a flawed democracy (all are) it is vibrant and largely functional.
Umshini wami and his groveling acolytes in the ruling party got the biggest snotklap ever, and it was well deserved.
Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s words were music to my ears.
You have to wonder, though, how it is going to pan out.
JZ has to cough up about 10 bars, according to one estimate.
R10m is but a fraction of the R250 million spent on his pad, but it’s still a princely sum to pay, even if you are one of the world’s best-paid, worst performing presidents. Little wonder he accepted the recent pay rise.
JZ will have to come to the party with the loot in 105 days.
I bet he’s cursing the cattle kraal‚ chicken run and fire pool now.
I wonder where the begging bowl will be handed out?
Will the Guptas kick in or will the president have to resort to lesser-known chums like “billionaire” Vivian Reddy? And what glad-handing political donor wants to help out a last term president?
I hope the comrades don’t turn to you to take advantage of the exchange rate.
Obed, one of the most uplifting part aspects of the court’s judgment was how it vindicated Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Comrades reviled her for doing her job.
The same twits made a mockery of parliament by failing to hold their faulty leader to account. They should be ashamed, though I wonder if they are.
Comrades are obdurate and thick-skinned. After the ruling the ANC Women’s League (valiant defenders of democracy), pledged unwavering support for Gedleyihlekisa.
As did the turkeys in the Umkhonto we Sizwe’s Military Veterans Association. They are a disgrace.
The court had just said the president failed to uphold the Constitution.
It said public office bearers ignored their constitutional obligations at their peril.
“This is so because Constitution‚ accountability and the rule of law constitute the sharp and mighty sword that stands ready to chop the ugly head of impunity off its stiffened neck.”
If the values enshrined in the Constitution are not observed and their “precepts not carried out conscientiously‚ we have a recipe for a constitutional crisis of great magnitude,” the court said.
There was a direct connection between the president’s position and the ease with which Nkandla was upgraded and Number One was unduly enriched.
Obed, in this fragile period of our democracy the court’s ruling is a timely reminder of what the president’s role is.
He’s the first citizen of this country and occupies a position indispensable for the effective governance of our democratic country.
He is obliged to uphold‚ defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic. The role has been “expressly imposed”.
“The promotion of national unity and reconciliation falls squarely on his shoulders. As does the maintenance of orderliness‚ peace‚ stability and devotion to the well-being of the Republic and all of its people.”
The president must fight anyone who threatens our peace and prosperity.
He is where executive authority begins and ends, where the buck stops.
“Unsurprisingly‚ the nation pins its hopes on him to steer the country in the right direction and accelerate our journey towards a peaceful‚ just and prosperous destination.”
JZ is not fit to be president. He’s a scheming politician who squirms his was out of things, mostly accountability.
He failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution.
I hope it is hasta lavista for him.
And on the cheery note, have a flash weekend, boet.