By Nomfundo Mlaba
Life seems to be on the roll for the said to be controversial Economic Freedom Fighter Julius ‘Juju’ Malema.
Just over two months after his political party’s victory – obtaining 27 seats in parliament, the former ANC Youth League president, Leader and MP of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) adds yet another title his name.
On Tuesday, 25 June 2014, SAPA reported that Malema was appointed as one of the 10 new members of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) of South Africa. The JSC is responsible for appointing the country’s judges. This seems to be a very convenient co-incidence- well convenient only for him. The very same Malema is due to appear in court in September for fraud and money laundering.
How can Malema be appointed as a fraction of a panel that will assign the judges that will be adjudicating him on his charges? What has our country really become? I think we are taking this “innocent until proven guilty” statement out of context. The fact that there is still a chance that one might be proven guilty does not make them innocent either. Having an accused responsible for electing a panel that will magistrate him does not seem to make any logical sense, well nothing ever does with this country’s politics. Are we now literally compelled to just live with the fact that all “suit-and-tie” criminals will proudly indulge on the sweet freedom meant for the innocent just because they wear berets and certain colored t-shirts with faces on their tummies while the majority of us slumber on empty stomachs.
Some even think that this is the ANC’s strategy to “end the Juju reign”. “If Malema knew what was good for him, he would not even consider taking the position. This is just a strategy to prove how much of a loser he is; because we all know that he will fumble as JSC member. Said a ‘proud’ ANC member who would not like to be mentioned. But is it safe to under estimate Juju after his party obtained 27 seats in parliament.
However, SAPA also reported that an ANC spokesperson said the party has no objections against Malema being and may represent Parliament, adding that he has not yet been found guilty of any crime.Have you ever noticed how doctors and engineers respect their profession? This is because before they are granted their ‘titles’, they actually sat on a desk and used their brains along with their passion.
Now wouldn't it be nice if all our politicians were challenged with a desk, as a full-time University student, studying the art of leading, serving and I mean loyally serving the people instead of being the selfish fraudulent leaders a vast majority of them are.