Peo­ple don’t have power

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

POWER to the peo­ple, the slo­gan epit­o­mis­ing the core of the demo­cratic creed, has not been very well ex­em­pli­fied in the past year.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has faced boo­ing and in­creased vo­cal op­po­si­tion, even within his own party.

Calls for him to step down or be re­placed, based on se­ri­ous ac­cu­sa­tions of corruption, grow more comprehensive by the day. They are ig­nored or laughed off. The prime source of di­vi­sion in his party, he ab­surdly calls for party unity.

He clings to his sta­tus as party pres­i­dent, ig­nor­ing his man­i­fest un­pop­u­lar­ity out­side his power base.

A pseudo demo­cratic as­sur­ance came from the par­lia­men­tary speaker that ANC MPs know how to vote in a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion.

In the UK the Brexit ref­er­en­dum led to the then­prime min­is­ter re­sign­ing and vicious wran­gling in the rul­ing party from which Theresa May emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

Al­though the sub­se­quent elections did not give her a clear man­date, but an em­bar­rass­ing set­back of a re­duced ma­jor­ity, she re­fused to re­sign.

In Amer­ica the ar­ro­gant over­reach­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­tin­ues to ride roughshod over the con­sti­tu­tional safe­guards against tyranny, mak­ing him an em­bar­rass­ment to the ideals of Thomas Jef­fer­son and Abra­ham Lin­coln.

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