Mogoeng Mogoeng spoke truth to power

2016-04-04 19:34

South Africans welcomed the, “not-optional and binding”, judgment by the Constitutional Court of South Africa that President Jacob Zuma must repay a reasonable amount for the cost of non-security upgrades of his Nkandla homestead. This judgment confirms that we have a powerful tool through the judiciary to call defaulting people in government to order and to account to us the people.

The judgment is a significant blow to the ANC led parliament, as the judgement not only exposes the Nkandla debacle; it also indicted the president and Parliament for failing to uphold and defend the constitution. In fact it spoke to captive ANC members who have no freedom to make rightful decisions.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has spoken truth to power and indeed has espoused the supremacy of the constitution. What should not be forgotten is that the Constitutional Court spoke as one and slated both the executive and parliament.

The full bench has delivered a significant judgment and thereby reaffirmed the vision of our former struggle stalwarts like Nelson Mandela and other freedom struggle heroes.

The judgement strengthened our constitutional democracy and Chapter nine institutions like the office of the Public Prosecutor. The Public Protector is an important state organ and it must be accorded the due respect. It cannot be manipulated by anyone not matter the position one holds.

Greed, corruption and self-aggrandisement is plunging South Africa into an economic crisis. Because of a culture of dishonesty, allocated resources are not used for its intended purpose. This is causing immense unhappiness among South Africans.

Our Courts have a critical role to play in protecting and applying the Principles of the constitution. By applying the rule of law every citizen is protected and so is our democracy.

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