Points to ponder on our rights as a citizenry leaves me with anxiety

2017-07-06 06:01

Our collective consciousness as a nation has been gripped by the ANC, the ruling party, holding a six day National Policy Conference in Jo’burg.

While this was going on, we were kept in the loop with snippets via radio and television broadcast, including the social networks.

Every issue being discussed there, it was clear to see, was of the utmost importance for the well-being of the country.

It is without denying that our country needs immediate intervention.

It was in our prayers that the elected leadership took to the call to resolve the party’s challenges with the utmost honesty. We deserve better than the ongoing shenanigans around the Party, the politicians and the top leadership of the ruling party.

They must put our country first. Moving on. I don’t want to dwell on a subject I know not much about, as others are wont to do.

There are people who are paid to talk about such stuff and I don’t want to burn my fingers.

Although others try hard to cajole me into writing or commenting extensively on this subject. People should know their boundaries, and I am one of those who would remain on my side of the fence.

Good fences make good neighbours, goes the idiom. And I believe in that axiom.

If you stick to your yard, you stay out of trouble. I insist.

Save to say that despite the fear of litigation should I overstep boundaries, I am alert to the goings-on in our country.

Speaking of the courts and our constitutional democracy and the fact that every citizen is guaranteed representation in the highest court of the land, should the need to do so arise.

There is one question I would really like to ask, my naivety notwithstanding.

How do ordinary citizens make use of that court, if only because it seems, right now, that they seem to address only high profile cases.

There are lots of things I believe are entrenched in our constitution which go unchallenged by Joe or Jane Citizen.

We are all equal before the law, it is said.

The hoi polloi seems to be still burning tyres and barricading streets. Are we not missing the opportunity as citizens to utilize the tools made available to us, instead of resorting to the former. As I ponder this, I hope those who met at Nasrec would have taken better decisions for the sake of country and future.

Our collective consciousness as a nation has been gripped by the ANC, the ruling party, holding a six day National Policy Conference in Jo’burg.

While this was going on, we were kept in the loop with snippets via radio and television broadcast, including the social networks.

Every issue being discussed there, it was clear to see, was of the utmost importance for the well-being of the country.

It is without denying that our country needs immediate intervention.

It was in our prayers that the elected leadership took to the call to resolve the party’s challenges with the utmost honesty. We deserve better than the ongoing shenanigans around the Party, the politicians and the top leadership of the ruling party.

They must put our country first. Moving on. I don’t want to dwell on a subject I know not much about, as others are wont to do.

There are people who are paid to talk about such stuff and I don’t want to burn my fingers.

Although others try hard to cajole me into writing or commenting extensively on this subject. People should know their boundaries, and I am one of those who would remain on my side of the fence.

Good fences make good neighbours, goes the idiom. And I believe in that axiom.

If you stick to your yard, you stay out of trouble. I insist.

Save to say that despite the fear of litigation should I overstep boundaries, I am alert to the goings-on in our country.

Speaking of the courts and our constitutional democracy and the fact that every citizen is guaranteed representation in the highest court of the land, should the need to do so arise.

There is one question I would really like to ask, my naivety notwithstanding.

How do ordinary citizens make use of that court, if only because it seems, right now, that they seem to address only high profile cases.

There are lots of things I believe are entrenched in our constitution which go unchallenged by Joe or Jane Citizen.

We are all equal before the law, it is said.

The hoi polloi seems to be still burning tyres and barricading streets. Are we not missing the opportunity as citizens to utilize the tools made available to us, instead of resorting to the former. As I ponder this, I hope those who met at Nasrec would have taken better decisions for the sake of country and future.

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