Nthakeng Pheello eello Selinyane
once we think that way we kill democracy.
The essence and rationale of accountability is that someone is doing on our behalf some functions which we cannot all do at the same time as we do all others that arrest our attention; and s/he must do them the way we would do if we had all the time.
S/he cannot, therefore, refuse to explain yourself and answer questions about what we have sent him or her to do on our behalf.
Yet it is here that our elected representatives, their executive (ministers), and its bureaucracy have proudly, publicly and flagrantly failed and defied us.
Most glaringly over the past 10 years, the state and “its” security forces have stubbornly told us that they cannot answer to us about arbitrary ambush, seizure, torture, and disappearance, and even pretentious arrest or death of some amongst us.
They even tell us the acts and refusal to account are for our own good, for our security. But any security that is ours — not that of rocks and shrubs — can only be defined by ourselves.
At the most extreme when Lt-gen Tlali Ka-