Our courts do us justice

2014-09-07 15:00

When our courts rule, as they did this week, to allow the DA access to the “spy tapes”?–?which will allow them to analyse if there is a basis to review the decision to withdraw the charges against President Jacob Zuma?–?what we are actually seeing are politicians standing outside court buildings to celebrate our democracy.

When we see Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula eventually resigning after months of refusing to do so because she believed she had committed no wrong, it is because our much-maligned courts have made their pronouncement.

When the likes of AfriForum wail and cry and threaten to go to international institutions to appeal South African court rulings, it is because judges in the highest court have spoken with one voice.

They have said that affirmative action is not only rational, but is fair and necessary in a country with a history like ours.

It is no accident that a politician such as Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema immediately warns that he will turn to the courts for justice when he is faced with threats of expulsion from Parliament by the Speaker.

Despite the periodic outbursts of anger from a few politicians who try to discredit the system, our court system works and has credibility.

Justice is blind and it has to stay that way.

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