Sidestepping the Law

Johann Krog, MPP Democratic Alliance KZN Legislature

THE SANRAL judgement, like many other recent decisions by the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court, is a victory for the independence of the judiciary and our country’s constitution.

Yet, in other areas, the political elite continue to try to sidestep the laws that govern our land. There are many examples including erstwhile Police Commissioner Selebi and current Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, who is under investigation for dodgy lease deals while authorities appear not to see the corruption in exorbitantly priced lease agreements. Then there is acting Police Commissioner, Mkwanazi, who admits that the police force’s independence is tainted by political interference, followed by his colleague, Mdluli, whose suspension was lifted before completion of his enquiry. The suspension of Simelane, as head of the National Prosecuting Authority and the Court’s review of a decision not to prosecute President Zuma are all alarming indications that the Judicial Service Commission is taking an increasingly political approach to its appointments.

This list reveals all the signs of a political strategy aimed at protecting “the powers that be”, rendering society helpless against the rising levels of criminality amongst itself.

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