In­ter­ven­tion by ju­di­ciary will help re­solve log­jam

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

IT IS NOW be­com­ing in­creas­ingly clear that the paral­y­sis that is grip­ping Par­lia­ment can­not be re­solved by that body.

The op­po­si­tion is tena­ciously hold­ing on to its po­si­tion and so is the ANC. No “truce” bro­kered by any­body, less so Cyril Ramaphosa, can re­solve this, as seen by its spec­tac­u­lar col­lapse.

In­deed, the very in­volve­ment of Ramaphosa is in­dica­tive of how th­ese MPs have just run out of ideas to re­solve this is­sue.

Ramaphosa is hardly an un­in­ter­ested and ob­jec­tive party in this mat­ter.

He is es­sen­tially a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive and he ab­so­lutely has no su­pe­rior power over any­body in Par­lia­ment to in­ter­vene and bring about or­der.

What is left is for the ju­di­ciary to de­ci­sively in­ter­vene, as this is its role to ad­ju­di­cate be­tween what is clearly an im­passe be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­is­la­ture on the one hand, and a leg­is­la­ture that is self-im­mo­lat­ing.

Thus one of the par­ties must ur­gently lodge a case so that this log­jam can be bro­ken once and for all.

And there should be no dilly dal­ly­ing about this – any court which hears this mat­ter should do so ex­pe­di­tiously and dis­pense with all the usual de­lay­ing tac­tics.

For ex­am­ple, if the mat­ter is be­fore the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, those judges should sit day and night and not go home be­fore they pro­nounce on what is an ur­gent mat­ter that is spi­ralling se­ri­ously out of con­trol.

Dr Thabisi Hoeane Se­nior lec­turer, Head of In­ter­na­tional Pol­i­tics Depart­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Sciences Unisa, Pre­to­ria

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