COLUMN: Can one man make us focus only on him ?

2016-04-07 06:00
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“Our values… are vested in humanity. Liberty, justice, the people above government not government above the people: these are the values we forged over the centuries and they represent the steadfast evolution of human progress.” Tony Blair.

I am made to quote this by the vents of the past week. They were fast and furious, and even dazzling. At one time you are euphoric. You expect things to happen. You even wish, “This man must resign.”

What if he does? Will people dance in the streets? This reminds me of what happened in the early 1990s in Lusaka. One day we woke up to an announcement that Kaunda has been overthrown.

What? Really? The man that has been in power for 27 years! Not possible. But the news said it was. We listened to the BBC. We went to the streets. We saw people dancing. It was possible.

Only it was not. Later we learnt that the coup had been suppressed. The coup plotters had been rounded up. And the people were disappointed. You could see it on their faces. This is more-or-less what happened last week.

At one time we were happy. At another we were disappointed. Why? Because the man did not do the right thing: he did not resign. He disappointed lots of South Africans: black and white.

And this is not about race. It is about humanity. And doing the right thing after doing the wrong thing: failure to uphold, respect and defend the constitution. Yah, at least eMzansi we are lucky in some ways.

Ask our African brothers in other countries. Such a thing can never happen where a constitutional court finds a president guilty. It’s a first in Africa. Jose dos Santos in Angola is above the law.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is above the law. So is Zuma trying to be above the law; ridiculing the public protector, and almost succeeding because ANC MPs were behind him. They also rubbished her report.

But thanks to the opposition parties headed by the EFF they checked the abuse of power by the president. They took the cause to the constitutional court because the majority of MPs are stooges.

They are not there to fight for the people. They are there to fight for one man. The court found this man guilty. He has abused his powers. The funny thing is that not so long ago this man was one of us. He suffered injustices like we did. But now he is on the other side. His government, as Blair points out, is above the people. Question is; will they ever serve us? I hope they will, as long as we fight for the constitution. Stay positive.

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