Hands off Zuma – Hands on the Constitution

01 Sep

Tonight before I sleep, I would like to protect my President who is been highly criticized by people whom lack knowledge and those who hate him.

On 16 August, police opened fire on striking workers gathered on a hill near Lonmin’s Marikana mine, in North West, killing 34 of them and wounding 78.

Initially, the arrested group was charged with public violence. On Thursday, the NPA announced they would also face murder and attempted murder charges for the deaths of their colleagues.

On Friday, the miners’ lawyers reportedly sent a letter to the president, requesting that he release the 270 Marikana miners by 13:00 on Sunday.

Mac Maharaj, presidency spokesperson said today (Saturday) “President Zuma will not interfere in the work of the Marikana Commission or any other processes, including the prosecution of persons associated with the tragedy.”

Firstly, I would like to teach the lawyer whom seem not to know what the constitution stipulates (Shocking). South African Constitution Chapter 9 stipulates clearly that the`re three branches of government (The Legislature, The Executive and The Judiciary). These three separate arms that work independently of each other to ensure the well-being of the people of the province. Each of these arms has their own responsibilities, but function in such a way that they complement each other so that effective governance is possible. Separation of Powers ensures ‘checks and balances’ to safeguard the freedom and rights of citizens and ensures that no arm of the state misuses its power.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate President Zuma, he is coming from a very tough week with so much criticism and paintings from the media but he made an excellent idea by not interfering with the work of the Judiciary because according to the Judicial Review, that would have been considered unconstitutionally and Zuma would have found himself in Constitutional court facing the charges of interference.

Lastly, people of South Africa, this is not a banana country, we are lead by laws and regulations hence; the constitution must prevail. I am not saying the Marikana Miners should be charged, but I am saying; let the judiciary deal with what is concern with laws. it is their obligatory duty stipulated clearly in the constitution. The Constitution of South Africa ensures that our country has a constitutional democracy where the state is made up of three separate arms that work independently of each other to ensure the well-being of the people of the province. The Constitution of South Africa has three main functions: It sets out the system of government and says how the country must be run, it protects the rights of citizens and it protects democratic principles.

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