One enjoys a good con as much the next man. I mean, some fellow pulls off some audacious jape or bags the interest of R14 Million, and one is left thinking, “My gosh, I wish I had done that.” One always thinks this in a British accent, something to do with empire and colonialism and all that.
A good con is worth a look, but the constitution of South Africa is beyond the pale. I mean, really? What?
South Africans have rights. Rights to the left of one, rights to the right of one. A plump pillow of rights to sit one’s over-ripe, white, ass on and dare anyone to take from one. One has more rights than any decent person could use in a lifetime.
South African’s have so many rights we hardly ever realize we do not have power.
(If you think one is talking about your particular group not having power, one is probably not.)
The constitution gives all the rights to all the people and all the power to the parties. One does not think they thought one would notice that. Did you?
One has to wonder if Cyril Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer shared a good whisky, or at least a conspiratorial wink, when when they worked out that wheeze. Power of, for, and by the parties. Whatever notional rights the humans needed were an aside. As long as the people did not have power. Look at our parliament today. Do you see any people or just your team?
A dark, apartheid, thought sneaks in. Maybe even the new party distrusted the people with the power. Maybe.
The next president of the country will be chosen later this year by the ruling party. If, by some miracle of ineptitude the ruling party fails to win the next election, the opposition will have chosen the next president. Not choose, will have chosen. The people will not choose their next president nor their cabinet. The people will not appoint the adjudicators of their rights and, possibly, their survival. Parties will push out inconveniently independent members and replace them with sycophants.
After five years we will have an elections with nothing worth voting for and the cycle will start again. The people will acquiesce. The media will explain what it means.
Our constitution has ordained that we will never be free of them. This is our doom.
A bright line connects our constitution to the Gupta infestation. The constitution surrendered it’s real power to the parties. The parties, when in power, succumb to the most unscrupulous in their midst. They inevitably fall to money and the promise of money.
Study Caesar, America and all of history if you do not understand this.
Jacob Zuma is our president. His fall, after that of President Mbeki, will only lubricate the wheels of regime change – wheels that will spin faster and faster until we end our democracy in a military or authoritarian coup. Changing leaders through intrigue never leads to better leaders.
If President Zuma falls it will mean nothing positive. If we want a real democracy, we will have to convince our president and his party that it is worth having. Otherwise the people must find another party to rule until it too goes rotten.
Postscript: I wrote a post a few years ago called Why president Zuma must not fall. This is doubling down on that.