LETTER: Our gains have been betrayed by leaders

2017-03-23 06:03

Its been 23 years since the dawn of democracy and we have just celebrated the Human Rights Day this month.

As we do so, I would like to remind us that these Rights that we are celebrating are guided by the supreme book of the people, the Constitution.

This month we have also experienced the trauma of the uncertainty of the grant payments to about 17 million of our compatriots.

The other rights would be the right to buy essential needs, right to pay for learning. There will be lots of impact should this money not be paid or be late by few days.

However, the issue is with the Constitutional Court decision to ask Minister Bathabile Dlamini to give them a reason why must she not take responsibility for this shortcoming.

Minister Dlamini was in front of the Constitutional Court in 2014, and the contract between her department and CPS was declared invalid.

By 2017, she had not done as the court had ordered her to do, which was tantamount to breaking the law.

A common person, when ordered by the highest court in the land to pay support every month before 15 and he does not do as ordered, would be taken straight to jail.

In its judgement last Friday, the court still declared the contract illegal, but extended it by another year.

Since when does two wrongs make a right.

I understand we have separation of powers clause in our constitution; the Constitutional Court, Parliament and the Executive.

Parliament and the Executive should have been the two powers that made sure Minister Dlamini accounts for the contract.

I’m deeply disappointed at the Constitutional Court for the collusion in this saga.

Their role is to protect the legality and ensure every state organ does not do things that are illegal.

Now they have declared that the minister must continue with her fraud and corruption.

Ordinary people have been crying because of CPS.


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