MPs must follow their conscience

2017-08-15 06:02

THE leadership of the ruling party has compelled its MPs to vote along party lines and not with their conscience in the forthcoming vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

These voters are expressly restrained from using this naturally inborn psychological faculty of conscience. Conscience is a critical attribute that is possessed by every human being and it acts as our moral compass.

It judges right from wrong. This attribute moulds our character and is vital to our spirituality.

It causes us to be introspective and to show remorse, sorrow, forgiveness and repentance.

Every oath in a court of law and every affidavit binds our conscience so why should it suddenly be excluded when deciding on how to vote?

This is our God-given quality and we must not allow anyone to interfere with it. The Constitution 15(1) protects us by stating that “everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion ...”

With all the corruption around us, let us be steadfast in maintaining the sanctity of our mind and soul.



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