Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
31 March 2009

Pity they are not on the ballot…

The Social Justice Coalition will be holding a protest meeting on Thibault Square in Cape Town on Saturday morning from 12 a.m. to protest the Dalai Lama decision, the arms deal corruption and the dismal service delivery. Their plan of action states that they demand a commitment by all political parties to:

  • Always act in solidarity with marginalised people by actively promoting the bill of rights and the UN declaration of human rights, both locally and internationally, and make decisions based on its principles;
  • Enforce the principle that all are equal before law
  • Protect the independence and integrity of the courts and allow for due judicial process without political interference;
  • Prioritise the needs of the poor, disenfranchised and most vulnerable;
  • Work actively to stamp out racism, bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, religious discrimination and homophobia;
  • Ensure that corporations locally and globally engage in fair trade with fair labour practices and openness in financial institutions.

Pity they are not on the ballot because then I could vote for a party in whose principles and values I actually believe. See you there?

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