Police In-Fighting – political interference at work?

It seems that if you are prepared to be a professional bureaucrat at whatever level in whatever field, that is, you are prepared to do your duty without picking sides and indulging in favouritism, you are going to be attacked by people whose political agendas you threaten by simply doing your job.  This happens wherever you are.  It happened and is happening to Glynnis Breytenbach, it happened to Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela and now it seems to be happening to Shadrack Sibiya and Anwa Dramat of the Hawks (our elite crime fighting unit), for apparently doing too good a job and endangering politically protected persons.

A Direct Democracy Forum administration would empower the likes of Breytenbach, Ndleli, Sibiya and Dramat and anyone else who is doing their jobs without fear or favour and however possible would free them from unjustified political interference.  DDF policies speak for themselves, particularly those on the Judiciary, Security and Local Government.

The buck stops at the ballot box

IEC Impartiality?

The Direct Democracy Forum have always chosen to believe in the impartiality of the Independent Electoral Commission in the electoral processes of South Africa.  The DDF have always willed that impartiality into the forefront of its consciousness in the belief that if we cannot depend on IEC impartiality we cannot depend on the entire political process in South Africa.   Sadly, it seems we were naive in that belief and guilty of some wishful thinking.  It seems that even the IEC are capable of politically manipulating the electoral process, this according to the M&G on-line report IEC credibility questioned after Tlokwe judgment.

In a nutshell, an IEC official, John Mokodi, disqualified independent candidates for a number of Tlokwe by-elections without just cause.  They met the minimum requirements and should have been registered without question, instead they were disqualified, presumably because they were ANC opponents in highly controversial by-elections.  The Electoral Court found for the independent candidates who took the matter before the court. So far as we know there is a process involving a number of IEC officials in registration decisions.  How can they all have agreed on this matter?

Clearly there needs to be an urgent investigation into the facts of the disqualifications and in the registration verification process, and any involved in deliberate wrongdoing need to be removed from the registration process, indeed from the IEC itself.  That the IEC should investigate this publicly and urgently should go without saying, but it needs to be said.  The IEC need to act swiftly and unambiguously to restore the confidence of both the electorate and the political establishment, in the institution and its processes.  Surely heads must role and fixes be made.

A DDF administration would ensure that all the activities of the IEC are beyond reproach and that any incidents that damage its credibility would be responded to impartially and swiftly, in line with the DDF‘s approach to all administrative matters in South Africa.  The DDF believe in constitutionality, within the party and within South Africa as a whole.  This belief is reflected in DDF policies.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

Criminal Cops in a Criminal Government?

What does it say about a State which employs 1448 policemen with criminal records, some of them very senior policemen, and which does all in its power to block and obstruct the prosecution of Richard Mdluli, charged in 2011 with  murder, and suspended as crime intelligence chief; and charged with corruption relating to the alleged abuse of the secret services account and subjected to disciplinary investigation by police management?

The Direct Democracy Forum believes that successful prosecution would set yet another precedent in the challenge to the reigning political elite,  that even the most senior of them can be held accountable for their actions and abuses.  The DDF believe the government of the day are avoiding this precedent at all costs so as to avoid a domino effect that could bring down the highest of the high in the corridors of power.  

Does this mean the scrabble to avoid that domino effect arises from widespread criminality in the corridors of power?  The DDF suspect as much.  What other reason can there be for such telling  and panic induced behaviour?  The alternative of letting justice prevail and letting the truth out is certainly being avoided, almost at any cost.

DDF administration would stand back and allow the full prosecution of criminals in government, no matter who they were, nor the manner of their criminality.

The state must be above reproach in all matters to engage the trust of its citizens.  This is something DDF policies will ensure at all levels of government.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

Something is rotten in the State…..

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.  Shakespeare could have been writing about South Africa:

All involve politicians diverting or stonewalling investigations into their activities.  There is indeed something rotten in the state of South Africa that a Direct Democracy Forum administration will take the wraps off and let the law prevail.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

Don’t dare express frustration at bad road manners

Expressing frustration at bad road manners can get you a night in prison, particularly if the bad manners came from the president’s blue light convoy.

If I were lawfully using a public road and some one or other behaved like a road hog, and in my frustration I flashed them the finger, to express my outrage, I would not expect to be unlawfully accosted by them, bound, blindfolded, kidnapped, detained against my will and have my political affiliations questioned by a bunch of thugs over a 24 hour period, but that apparently is what happened to a Cape Town jogger.  His tale can be read about at the above link ( bad manners & etc).  This apparently happened some three years back.

Now (3rd June 2013) the student is trying to sue the state for R1.4M (wrongful arrest and all the bad things that went with it) and the state are doing all in their power to keep the case out of court, obfuscate, offer to settle out of court (which is little better than a bribe so as to avoid the legal consequences of their misdeeds).  The DDF hope the student persists and prevails although that will need determination, a very cool head and plenty of courage, of which few of us are overly blessed with.

Under a Direct Democracy Forum administration, any of the above behaviour by officers of the state would result in criminal action being brought against the officers concerned. The first rule of the road will always be, obey the law, whether you are on the road or off the road.  Any officer of the state who could not obey that simple rule would be deemed unfit for public service.

As to blue light convoys – they would be a thing of the past.  We may be a part of Africa but even our president is not above the law.  In fact, our president would have to be the first to obey the law, for if he doesn’t obey the law, why should everybody else have to obey the law?  As far as the DDF are concerned, observance of the law begins at the top.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

Deflation – Gupta Style

Deflation Gupta Style means having your R16.8 Million property valued at R490 000 in the municipal valuation roll.  The municipal valuation roll is the basis for municipal property taxes.  That’s less than 1/32 or about 3% of the valuation of their neighbour’s property.   Let’s see, my home treated in the same manner would be valued at about R14 000 in the municipal valuation rolls and my monthly rates would be about R4.50.  Now that’s smoking!

But seriously, if ever there were arguments for taking the tax process away from corrupt municipal agencies and changing from other manipulable processes, this has to be one of the more compelling arguments, namely that the process is so susceptible to manipulation.  The Gupta example is just an extreme example of what can and does occur.

Have a look at the Direct Democracy Forum tax policies and ask yourself how nice would it be to know exactly what taxes you paid and know, without any shadow of doubt, that your neighbour and his neighbour and his neighbour’s neighbour would all pay exactly the same proportional level of tax that you pay, even if your neighbour’s neighbour was a Gupta.  A DDF administration will deliver TEAL and that absolute certainty.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

Indians for Free

In an article “money-for-nothing-and-your-indians-for-free“,  Verashni Pillay of the M & G points out that “The issue among the ANC is that the wrong people were bankrolling and influencing our politicians, of which the ruling party sees nothing untoward” and “a much larger issue that continues to be ignored by the ANC: (is) their corrupt and problematic relationship with certain business people”.

So, if Ms Pillay is right, the ANC rank and file see nothing wrong with SA’s government being bought and paid for by wealthy South African oligarchs, they just have a problem when the oligarchs are foreign.

Of course, the idea that ‘Indians’ are for free is entirely false.  Indians, or for that matter, Africans, Asians, Europeans or Americans who buy and pay for you, are definitely not for free.  There will always be a day of reckoning and that day could be a very expensive day indeed.

The Direct Democracy Forum‘s take on influence is that all sectors of the economy have a stake in the country.  Business, small and large, labour, collective and individual, consumers, the employed and the unemployed, and students, and so on, ad infinitum, all have a stake in this land, which is why the DDF are proposing a Senate which is drawn from the streets, the foundation of which will be a process of Deliberative Democracy engaging a cross-section of society rather than only the political elite and those who have privileged access to that elite.  With similar systems at municipal levels, our national and local politicians will forever be grounded in the needs of the people, the needs of society at large and the needs of its environs.

These are not populist moves designed to attract popular votes, although they may well have that effect, but are an acknowledgement that no one has a better idea of a citizen’s needs than does that citizen himself, and that the DDF believe that those needs must be acknowledged and responded to with the same concern and alacrity as were the concerns and needs of the Gupta wedding party under an ANC administration.  Under a DDF administration, government and access to government will never be the exclusive privilege of an exclusive club but rather will be in response to the needs of the people.  DDF Policies are geared toward serving the economy and all those in it, rich and poor alike.

The buck stops at the ballot box

Outrage at Gupta Indulgence

This is actually trivia.  This is not something that the Direct Democracy Forum would want to sully it’s hands with.  There are more important issues to deal with in South Africa, such as the abysmal state of our public sector education, health care and service delivery, yet the indulgence and patronage displayed by someone (everyone in government is playing ‘pass the parcel’ as convincingly as possible, and denying responsibility) is simply unacceptable and trivia or not, needs to be dealt with.

Even the ANC are crying foul and someone’s head no doubt will role but you can bet your bottom dollar that it will not be the head of anyone really responsible for this outrage.  For a pretty good summary of events, see here.

How would a DDF administration react to this?  

  • For starters, this would never occur under a DDF administration.  No business person or organisation would ever get that close to a DDF administration that they could pull the necessary strings to pull off that stunt.  
  • The DDF would let the law take its course
  • Those implicit in the disgrace would face dismissal and criminal and military justice.
  • Those who entered South Africa illegally would have been held in detention and been deported in disgrace, wedding or not, and be declared personae non gratae.
  • Those who impersonated official police escorts for the Gupta entourage while traveling from Waterkloof to Sun City  would all face criminal prosecution and, if they were also members of the police, internal disciplinary action and dismissal.  

For once we must agree with Jeremy Cronan, deputy general secretary of the SA Communist Party, when he said, ‘We are not a playground for rich foreigners’.  So lastly, the Gupta’s would be seriously censured and, if need be and appropriate, would also face criminal prosecution.

This is an invasion of South African sovereignty and trivial or not that makes it a very serious issue and would evoke a very serious response.  The real outrage is that this trivia should have been allowed to happen and divert SA’s attention away from the really important issues of the day.

The buck stops at the ballot box.