What do Mbeki and Mugabe talk about?

2008-06-23 00:00

Colin Gardner’s “Zim is a disgrace” (The Witness, June 19) refers. He summarises nicely the farce that is unfolding in southern Africa under the name of democracy. It is patently obvious that no such thing exists in Zimbabwe, and that Mugabe and his henchmen are liars, cheats, murderers and terrorists. Gardner opines that Zimbabweans don’t know the true meaning of democracy. Unfortunately a little arrogant I think. The pathetic response to the Zimbabwean crisis of South Africa’s so-called leaders, together with the incredible fascist and racist utterances of many public

figures, leads one to question the understanding of the true meaning of democracy in our own country.

Consult our Constitution. The founding provisions include reference to a multi-party system of democratic government to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness. What happened? Not only is the essence of a multi-party system under continual threat by our own political intolerances, but the ANC government has shown itself to regard the issue of ac-countability as trivial and unimportant, the issue of responsiveness is not even on the radar screen and consequently openness is non-existent. We are all mushrooms, we who faithfully elect a government to abide by our new Constitution, are kept in the dark, fed manure, and instructed on how to live our lives while buffeted by the consequences of inadequate government decisions.

From Eskom to fiscal management to Zimbabwe, we are treated with absolute disdain by individuals who caucus in secret, decide in secret, and operate with immunity and impunity.

President Thabo Mbeki, tell the world what you and mad Bob talk about. Tell us why you can’t see what everyone else can, or alternatively what you are doing about the problems. Why the coy secrecy?

Clause 41 of the Constitution deals with the principles of co-operative government and intergovernmental relations, including desirable concepts like “secure the wellbeing of the people of the Republic”, “provide effective, transparent, accountable and coherent government”, and “co-operate with one another in mutual trust and good faith”, etc … again, where have these noble objectives gone? Facilitating the mayhem in Zimbabwe in the interests of “intergovernmental relations” undermines our own democracy and well-being. How quickly we seem to have forgotten the argument that the apartheid government had no legitimacy, and had to be overthrown. The Zanu-PF government has no legitimacy. It must be overthrown, and the ANC government must be seen to act now, decisively, in the interests of its own people and in the ultimate interests of democracy.

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