Accountability, accountability!!!

2015-06-30 21:16

South Africans can once again lower their heads in shame. The past few weeks have proved to be cause for immense embarrassment, not just nationally, but on a large international scale. The source of this embarrassment? Our wonderful, irresponsible government.

Yes, our government is a shining star when it comes to being irresponsible, the latest being the whole issue of the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. Who is Omar al-Bashir precisely? Omar al-Bashir is the notorious president of Sudan. He came to be the president after he lead a coup d’état. Apart from that he is the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape and pillage against civilians in Darfur.

The fact of the matter is that the man is viewed as a criminal by the international community. The allegations that the International Criminal Court is biased towards African leaders are ludicrous. A crime is a crime, irrespective of where a leader resides.

This brings me to the next point. The South African Government. Our government is constantly avoiding all opportunities to accept responsibility for its wrongdoings and to be held accountable. The High Court gave an explicit order for al-Bashir to be arrested. Yet, instead of stepping up and allowing the law to take its course, the government allowed al-Bashir to leave the country without being arrested. Shocking to say the least!

This leads one to conclude that our democracy is on very shaky grounds. The core of our democracy, the trias politica, no longer seems to apply. There seems to be confusion among members of our government as to what a democracy precisely is. Somehow they don’t seem to understand that there is a separation of powers between the legislative, the executive and the judicial authority. This means that the executive authority, in other words the government must respect decisions made by the judicial authority. It’s not rocket science. It doesn’t take an IQ of 160 to understand that. Yet the government seems to have a hard time to come to grips with this fact.

I am appalled by this whole event. We must all be appalled by this event. Once again the government is acting in a way that causes ordinary South Africans to question where we are heading. I think we should all be very worried.

What’s even more ridiculous is the fact that the government now wants to appeal against the decision of the High Court that the governments failure to arrest al-Bashir was unconstitutional. In the process valuable tax payers’ money will be wasted. It’s not something our country can really afford. In the midst of immense poverty among especially African people, African leaders fail to act in an economical responsible way. They are making laughing stocks out of themselves.

We have one chance to make things work in our country. We only have the present. In order for us to succeed as a democracy, our leaders must be held accountable. I am pleading to all South Africans to take a stand against what is becoming a tyranny. We can’t afford not to take this seriously. We must demand accountability, for accountability will be what saves us from being drowned by the political quicksand of a government that is failing in every possible way. The word of the day is accountability. Accountability…

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