We need an early election
IN YOUR editor’s column of June 28, you pointed out, rightly, the people’s power.
Constitutional democracy is premised on the power of the people. The people voted for parties to put them into power. The parties have in turn selected and deployed their members, MPs – who include the president – to serve in Parliament.
Those that are deployed to Parliament and the government, together with the appointed civil servants, are therefore indirectly deployed and appointed by the people to serve the interest of the people.
It has become clear that the deployment and appointment duties assigned to the president and his MPs have been taken over by other people, families and individuals who were not constitutionally and legally voted, deployed or appointed directly or indirectly, by the people.
You further suggest how it is incumbent on us, the people, to exercise our power, the very same power we gave politicians to stop the country from straying and protect the state jealously with our lives to ensure it serves us, the people, and that the people should rise against state capture.
The question is, how do the people do that or what do you suggest the people should do? What do we, as the people, have to do as law-abiding citizens, without resorting to anarchy, the language that people have come to believe is the only one understandable by the government?
How can a referendum be used by the people to request an early election, as 2019 seems to be too far for the country to survive the siege considering the magnitude and the speed at which it is being consumed and captured? Emfuleni