We are being denied our basic rights

2016-10-06 06:00

IN accordance with the Constitution, the Bill of Rights guarantees the “right to freedom and security of the person” to all citizens, foreign national and illegal aliens. The person is to be free from all forms of violence, either public or private sources. Recent crime statistics indicate an escalation in serious and violent crimes and corruption. Can anyone claim that one’s family has been left unscathed since 1994?

Somalian entrepreneurs, who established businesses in rural areas have been murdered, shops looted and burnt, subjected to racial or ethnic discrimination, yet the Bill of Rights clearly states that no one may be subjected to discrimination. Numerous overachievers have not been accepted into medical faculties on basis of race. Parents have been obliged to send their children to study overseas.

The Bill of Rights indicates that “everyone has the right to freedom of association”, surely a group may establish its own educational institution.

“Everyone has the right to an environment that is no harmful to their health and well being”, and to promote conservation. Many groups have been agitating against government agencies, which have placed economic gain above health.

No one may be deprived of property and no law may permit arbitrary deprivation of property. Monetary compensation can be claimed. How do lands claims concur with this right?

“Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing”. People are squatting in unsafe, informal dwellings, where children have been burnt to death.

Provisions are made to protect children (under 18). Children have the right to family care, basic nutrition, shelter and health services, “to be protected from maltreatment, neglect and abuse”.

How many children are deprived of proper housing and basic rights of food and health? The media frequently exposes child rapes and abuse.

Everyone has the right of access “to information held by the state”, which the ANC has attempted to conceal. everyone has the right to a fair trial. The rich and well-connected have managed to manipulate the justice system. The case must begin conclude without reasonable delay. Court cases are prolonged over numerous years. An explanation for this sorry state is that our prisons and courts are overrun with criminal cases.

Can anyone provide an answer? What is defined as a state of emergency in a country when the armed forces are required to quell rebellion and violence? Are the universities of minor importance to be razed to the ground?

Dr L.J. Peltz

What is defined as a state of emergency in a country when the armed forces are required to quell rebellion and violence? Are the universities of minor
importance to be razed to the ground?

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