Two sets of laws in SA

2017-08-31 06:01

THE decision by the state to grant diplomatic immunity to Grace Mugabe despite being fully aware of her alleged vicious assault on a South African citizen; inter alia being informed by civil rights organisation AfriForum not to do so, smacks of state arrogance.

This superciliousness further echoes the conspicuous lawlessness that prevails in a democracy that carps about possessing one of the best constitutions.

The government has openly displayed that a foreign dignitary has more rights that an ordinary South African citizen, or alternatively, there is one set of laws for ordinary citizens and another for the state and its corrupt allies.

Accessories to this appalling mayhem are the minister of Police, the honourable Fekile Mbalula, and the SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, as they both evaded relevant questions and misinformed the media and the nation.

The state’s role in shielding villains emerged when the Dali Lama was refused a visa to visit the country. This was followed by the Omar al-Bashir debacle.

It is this same government that is now on a destructive path to admonish ANC parliamentarians who supported the vote of no confidence.

In the latter, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng stressed in his judgment relating to the issue of voting by secret ballot that parliamentarians voting with their conscience must remember their oath of office and safeguard the interests of the nation.

The fissures and factionalism in the ANC, and the wide-scale support for state capture, have seen the latest act of insolence by the state confirm our banana republic status.

JAY JUGWANTH

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