Insult to our democracy

2016-04-20 06:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to the Constitutional Court ruling and his dismal apology to the nation for the Nkandla saga will be recorded in history as an insult to our democracy.

The president showed no remorse for his actions. His lengthy prepared speech was simply frail extenuating circumstances for his years of arrogance and deceit. As committed South Africans will recall, it was Zuma who made fun every time Nkandla was questioned. He is on record as stating that only clever blacks worried about Nkandla.

Blade Nzimande added that Nkandla was a white man’s problem. Aside from Nzimande, ministers delivered hogwash reports to defend their salaries while the NEC remained weak-willed throughout the Nkandla narrative.

It was always asserted by the ANC that the ANC is more important than the Constitution; no political force can destroy the ANC — it is only the ANC that can destroy itself. The Constitution is only there to regulate matters. This ultimate quote surfaces when it comes to the Constitution and the ANC’s attitude towards it. Zuma displayed this to the nation and the world on 1 April. The DA must be applauded for demanding via Parliament and the courts that it was more than enough that Zuma helped himself too. The DA has thrashed Zuma via the judiciary for it was the same Zuma, who not so long ago, asserted with a giggle: “You have fewer rights because you are in the minority. Absolutely, that’s how democracy works.”

Mr President, you and the ANC have repeatedly displayed that you are ignorant of the fact that with rights go responsibilities.


JAY JUGWANTH

Pietermaritzburg

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