The contempt the ANC hold civil society in, and the lack of accountability of the ANC to civil society, is well illustrated in two reports in today’s M & G. Zuma wont play ball dwells on a number of instances where the ANC juggernaut sails on in spite of protest from civil society. Included in the list are the security tape scandal where Zuma and his legal counsel, Michael Hulley, both ignore a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling to hand over the tapes, holding themselves above the law. I suppose they would argue the order is illegal and they do argue, anyway, that their ‘confidentiality agreement’ with the NPA trumps the court’s ruling. How can they do that, anyway? I mean, by what legal authority do they ignore such an order? I would love to know.
In a separate report, the plight of a commission of enquiry into the conduct of the SAPS is the topic. The commission, whose requests and subpoenas for information from various police stations and personnel were at first ignored, are ironically now facing legal action brought about by the minister of police, “to try to bring the commission to a halt before the much-anticipated public hearings begin next week”. The minister’s reasons are that the commission is only investigating the SAPS and not the municipal or metro police, and any way, the police wish to investigate the allegations of misconduct themselves. I wonder if they are going to try that story with the Marikana commission? In any event, why can’t the SAPS enquiry welcome the conclusions of a civil commission, so long as they were based on fact and evidence? It could save the police investigators a lot of time, money and trouble, Yes? No? Apparently No.
This illustrates the basic difference between the ANC government of the day and a Direct Democracy Administration of the future. The ANC seem to see the people as the servants of the ANC, and expect unquestioning obedience. The DDF see themselves as the servants of the people, answerable to the people. This can be seen from our policies on the proposed senate and on local government and indeed, on safety and security, and in fact from any of the DDF’s policies.
In response to Verashni Pillay’s observation in her quite moving article of the same day, “Nkandla and The Satanic Verses“, that one should keep hoping for something better, for the democracy we would like to be, we would say to Ms Pillay, ‘Keep hoping. These things are on the way‘.
The buck stops at the ballot box