Let the elected lead without hurdles at every turn

2011-11-15 09:46

The fears of the encroachment of executive power into the Constitution and representative houses are common in all leading democracies.

It’s simply a talking point for those not in power in that election cycle.

The deduction made by some, like Brendan Boyle, of the president’s address in Parliament on the event of saying goodbye to Chief Justice Ngcobe and welcoming Chief Justice Mogoeng are simply unintelligent, if not plain stupid.

To say that there are those who use courts and lawyers and procedural tricks to avoid having to win over popular opinion has absolutely nothing to do with the courts.

The opposition parties – AfriForum, university professors and the like – whose high-minded ideas of how the country should be run, having not been tested against the hard reality where our people must be persuaded.

These voices choose to be sarcastic about the extremely important act of voting in order to push their loose arguments. What they forget to mention is that there is a reason we have elections every five years.

If there is a widespread feeling that the executive is undermining democracy then they can be elected out.

The executive must, however, be given some years at least to simply govern without having to stop at every corner due to unhappy opposition using procedural delays.

The fundamental problem, of course, with narrators like Boyle, is that they are usually angrier than the audience.

The Constitutional Court judges are unlikely to have been shaken by Zuma’s remarks because they are clear on their mandate, and are alive to the reality that coddling the judiciary, especially by the President, undermines it.

The battle for the ideological victory in the judiciary has become a blood sport in all leading nations exactly because of the power the courts possess and their significant role in society. This has not disempowered the courts in the least.

The ANC has to govern according to its policies presented to the public and will logically agree with the opposition or anybody on what it perceives as common sense.

If these voices know what members of the ANC want and what the general public wants, which they claim is in opposition to what they call “the party elite”, then they would be leading us.

They are not leading us because they are on the easy street of occasionally misusing editorial privilege while real leaders take their ideas to the streets.

Let’s let the president govern just a bit.

Yonela Diko

Claremont, Cape Town

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