PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ProJusticio
 
Comments: 12
Article views: 3
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ProJusticio's badges.
 

We are already sheep on the farm

15 June 2012, 15:09

Sheep do not think for themselves. They just follow whatever direction the herd has taken.  Human beings are prone to behave in the same way. History is replete with examples. The educated German people allowed the 3rd Reich to lead them down a path of mindless destruction. 

In his iconic novel, Animal Farm, George Orwell brilliantly parodies a revolutionary context in which leaders behave like pigs, with their snouts in the trough of power and self indulgence, because followers behave like mindless sheep. 

South Africa has just witnessed the installation of a new Police Commissioner. There is absolutely no dispute that, although she is a perfectly good human being, she has absolutely no qualifications and/or experience that are relevant to the highly specialized profession of policing. In particular she has never received any police training that others are rigorously subjected to in police academies. Neither does she have any relevant academic qualification such as criminology. 

So how did she get the job? Why was she favoured with appointment to such a critically important post? Why were dozens of career officers discriminated against and denied even a chance to compete for the post? 

It is simple. The President exercised a Constitutional right he has to do so. However, in doing so, he trampled over another Constitutional right with reckless abandon. This is the right to equality. It is a most sacred right, that insists that every citizen is equal under the law as a fundamental imperative. That is why Lady Justice holds up her scales in which she keeps all rights (and human beings) in equal balance. 

The office of Police Commissioner is a public office, funded by the general public including, in particular, the current crop of police chiefs who have spent years conscientiously working to earn the right to lead others in the force. In law, a right now known as “a legitimate expectation” accrued to all of them, that they are entitled to compete for any higher post as equals, in a fair and transparent process. They were brazenly denied that right.

All of this has been missed in the brouhaha over the appointment of the new commissioner. In particular, not one journalist asked the critically important question, when faced off by the Minister and the happy incumbent --- “is it now the position that in South Africa some are more equal than others as is the position on Animal Farm?”.

In the many comments, elicited from the public, we see and hear not one comment that even starts to ask the question. No one takes issue with this surprising appointment on the basis of denial of a sacred and fundamental human right, even though it is staring us all in the face! No one says – “Mr President you have arbitrarily treated human beings as unequal, favouring one, discriminating against others!”

What has happened is what is known, in law, as a purely arbitrary exercise of executive power. In the Menzi Simelane case our Superior Courts explained very, very clearly that such conduct is unlawful for being irrational. Simelane was at least qualified in the core skill of the office he was appointed to. Our new Police Commissioner has openly stated that she is “going back to kindergarten to learn”about policing. 

The appointment could not be more irrational. It could not be more arbitrary. It could not be more discriminatory. It is a spectacular example of the fact that in South Africa today some are indeed very much more equal than others.

 But we are not saying it.     We are not saying it because we are not seeing it.     We are not seeing it because we are already sheep … ready for slaughter. 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
ohomen171
Kenya: Splitting hairs

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga deepened the country’s ongoing political crisis with the surprise announcement that he’s backing out of the nation’s do-over presidential elections. Read more...

0 comments 210 views
Submitted by
Justin van Noort
Baphi Abelungu? The DA is no long...

I've seen plenty of pictures from some of the recent marches and have been really heartened to see black, white, coloured, etc all participating. Read more...

0 comments 597 views
Submitted by
Dan Sutherland
KPMG report to be used as basis f...

Tom Moyane still stands vehemently by the findings of the KPMG report, whilst Moyane's boss and brother in law, Zuma783, wants to use KPMG's withdrawal of the report as a basis for fresh representations to Shaun the Sheep. Read more...

0 comments 458 views
Submitted by
Mark Duffield
City of Joburg - a law unto thems...

The City of Joburg is incompetent, egotistical, lazy, disrespectful of our Constitution and the rule of law. Most definitely not “in it” to serve and help their customers. Read more...

0 comments 3630 views
Submitted by
Mlibazisi Jeffrey
Las Vegas and Mogadishu: lessons ...

Intellectually open people know that terror has no race. Yet terrorism has been used to demonise and “other” Muslims and people of a particular look. Read more...

0 comments 229 views
Submitted by
Yj Draiman
Israel must build at least 100k h...

All the territory west of the Jordan River and more belongs to the State of Israel, based on historical data, international law and agreements. Read more...

0 comments 503 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.