Gov­er­ment says it is law unto self

Sunday World - - Opinion -

NEWS that the govern­ment is tak­ing Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s re­port on Nkandla to court for a ju­di­cial re­view shows con­tempt for South African cit­i­zens.

Madon­sela found that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma had un­duly ben­e­fited from the R246-mil­lion up­grades to his pri­vate home in KwaZulu-Natal.

There is noth­ing to be con­tested there, be­cause even a one-eyed fool can see the ma­te­rial ben­e­fit.

The dude now has a large swim­ming pool (or fire pool, if you in­sist), kraal, chicken run, spaza shop and other up­grades that add com­fort to his home­stead.

The govern­ment ar­gues that the find­ings and ac­tions rec­om­mended in the re­port are ir­ra­tional, con­tra­dic­tory and are in­formed by ma­te­rial er­rors of law.

Fur­ther­more, the min­is­ters of the se­cu­rity clus­ter said they be­lieved that the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s re­port and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion she con­ducted vi­o­late the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers doc­trine and of­fend against sec­tion 198(d) of the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion, which vests na­tional se­cu­rity in par­lia­ment and ex­ec­u­tive.

Ba­si­cally what this state­ment means is that the pres­i­dent and his ex­ec­u­tives are ac­count­able only to them­selves and no­body else a scary thought in­deed.

The govern­ment ex­pects to lodge the court chal­lenge within the next week.

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