Most people in South Africa would say that justice had forsaken the country on the back of the abrupt departure of logic within the governing ivory towers, known as the Zuma administration.
Many complain that the review of our courts and judicial system is nothing more than the beginning of the end of the separation of powers in government, and that the rest of the world is too pre-occupied to save itself from financial ruin, to exert any form of objective pressure or justice on countries like S.A.
Whilst this may be seen as cynical, one cannot help but wonder if there is any true threat to democracy, as so many would like to justify.
However, these are the wrong questions people are asking, if you ask me.
Normally, in any problem situation, I try to break the issue down to its most basic form, which in turn leads to the answering of one question. In this case, I suppose the question could be the following: Which is more powerful, a narcissistic leader (add chip on the shoulder), or justice?
If the term ‘Arab Spring’ means anything to you, then you’ll understand that justice, other than Elvis, never leaves the building.
The simple truth is that justice is a natural sociological anomaly, and can never be controlled. Much like natural sciences and mathematics, we cannot make the rules to its existence, yet we can use the rules to bend it to our will, given that the equation adds up at some point. When it doesn’t equate, according to the rules, and naturally, then it will correct itself at some point.
Economics are one of the best examples of this, as the international property market corrected itself after nearly a decade of insane investment frenzies. Some property values shot up by 300% in nine years, inclining the natural correction that dumped the world into its recession during the mid-2000’s.
In this case justice... is the economy.
The Arab Spring is simply an example of justice in its purest form. Sometimes when all is done, and everyone is stripped of everything they have, justice takes over, and corrects the situation. The problem is we never like the correction, and never will.
We didn’t like it with economics, and we sure as hell won’t like it in justice. Mind you, I suppose the ANC NEC will be the ones worst off in the event of such a natural intervention, seeing as they are the ones causing it in the first place.
You see, what the ruling party, and especially the geniuses in Luthuli House and the Union Buildings don’t understand, is exactly what I explained in a couple of paragraphs above. Mind you, Mubarak, Hussain, and Assad were just as ignorant at some stage...
There is a massive difference between justice, and the law.
Study the laws of any country, and anyone can see that it is comprised of rules, principles, guidelines and precedents. In keeping with my basic form theory, law, is the system used to create certainty, as to what justice is.
In short, justice varies from person to person, as it is subjective to each individual. It is due to this, natural sociological interpretation that one needs to be able to establish generally accepted guidelines as to what the man in the street considers to be right and wrong, as each person’s morality differs on most matters.
So, when a law says that something is wrong, you cannot say you didn’t know, or view it as such, because that would undermine the fundamental reason for the existence of law as part of the justice system... you get the point.
So, the ANC believes that they can exert power over the justice system, and subsequently they think this will sort any negative legality they may encounter in pursuing their own agenda. True, as to the laws they are able to pass, in some instances, very untrue, as to justice.
The most staggering part is not the fact that a grab for absolute power starts with the judiciary...no...the closer for me is the ignorance in believing this will control, and eventually protect them, from justice.
Thus, worry more about the man that is too stupid to realise that he is an idiot, than the man with a calculated fork tongue...
Unfortunately, justice doesn’t work to our wrist watches, simply because it doesn’t operate according to our laws. It operates in its own time, and according to its own principles... something most commonly referred to as balance.
When you debit something the one side, you credit on the other. Everything that relies on balance can be considered as natural phenomenon, as it will always exert its own power, notwithstanding our efforts to control it.
Some people actually still think economies can be controlled...
They can only be influenced, and only to a certain extent. As mentioned, economics, just like justice, is a natural sociological phenomenon, which we as humans form part of, as the subjects.
Without us, these phenomenons cannot exist; however, that doesn’t pre-suppose that we can control them.
They appear because we exist, whether we like it or not.
So, will we see justice form its own path with the current leadership in the country? We already have... on numerous occasions.
Justice may be late to arrive some times, or maybe...it may just always be on time...