Constitution should guide us

2017-10-26 06:00

In the South African democracy, the separation of powers has been placed under three autonomous entities.

The Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary, all of which have different roles and responsibilities.

They are set up in a manner that one cannot cross the path of the other.

From time to time, they may seem as if they are overlapping one another, but are not meant to be.

All of them are guided by the supreme law of our Constitution.

With that being said, we currently seem to be swimming downstream, with two legs having been paralysed(legislature, and by extension parliament and the executive(being the ministers).

They are captured, along with the State Owned Enterprise(SOEs).

Parliament, on more than one occasion, has had to defend its decision and action in court(the judiciary), because of the belligerence of those who are supposed to run the country according to the prescripts of the Constitution.

So you can imagine a plane that is supposed to fly with three engines, but finds itself flying with one engine.

That plane poses a danger to its passengers, and that is what we find ourselves in as South African citizens; a danger zone.

Our biggest problem is that our guiding Constitution gives lots of powers to the President and not the people who elected him, thus rendering him untouchable.

The courts have found him wanting on many occasions, including that he has broken his oath of office.

He reshuffles his Ministers as he wishes. This means he had undermined all three arms of good governance.

State resources are being depleted by the minute as we watch the situation diminish like spectators to their team losing against palookas.

Last August, political parties joined the voices of many, saying the president must step down.

We need to amend our constitution and give back power to the people. We should design mechanisms to unseat any public representative.

The people must have the last voice, not just to vote every other five years.

We must reform the Constitution to fast-track service delivery and to deal with inequality and the contentious land issue.

So that the people can really govern. This country will be in serious trouble once the judiciary is also captured, so, before we reach that stage, lets consolidate the numbers and give back power to its people.

THEMBALETHU QOLO

Nyanga

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