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A suggestion to compel honesty in politicians

07 May 2012, 20:46

This is in reaction to the article by Esethu Hasane, Corruption:  A Phenomenon  not  even the  DA  will  escape, 7 May 2012.

  

Is it possible that a culture of dishonesty/corruption has taken hold in the ANC? It seems like it. At least we don’t detect the same (yet) in other parties.

Throw all dishonest politicians/public servants/figures out. Or they will stay in power and protect each other.

  

To wait for the voters to do it eventually will be too late. The ANC is here to stay in control for quite some time, for various and appreciable reasons. Renewal and practical steps will have to be initiated from within its own ranks. In the longer term it will also assist and protect the honest and sincere people in its ranks and ensure their freedoms. We will all benefit.

  

Reasonable suspicion should be enough ground for removal from position. If we have to rely and wait for court decisions we will wait forever. In addition, in criminal cases it is a huge problem given the power balance in state institutions, the vulnerability of witnesses and the burden of proof to get convictions. We are all aware of the overburden and time consuming nature of the legal system.

  

Institutionalize a kind of public protector NOT appointed by politicians or their pals or their influence to determine if there is reasonable suspicion and just get on with it.

It will be in the (especially longer term) interests of all of us and our freedoms that mere reasonable suspicion be used as the test. Those who don’t agree with it should stay out of public life. Let the onus rest on them to keep their noses clean and to be seen to have clean noses. 


Legislation to introduce the above should not require amendments to the Constitution as it will be fair to all in all respects. But anyway, why not amend the Constitution if need be? The measure will expand and aid our democracy for the good.

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