Worth Knowing that the Government is not above the Law!

The real importance of the rule of law today lies in the basic idea underlying all three points (but especially the first) that the state should use its power according to agreed rules, and not arbitrarily.

The three elements for the Rule of Law.

  • First, that there should be no sanction without breach, meaning that nobody should be punished by the state unless they had broken a law.
  • Secondly, that one law should govern everyone, including both ordinary citizens and state officials.
  • Thirdly, that the rights of the individual were not secured by a written constitution, but by the decisions of judges in ordinary law.

The real importance of the rule of law today lies in the basic idea underlying all three points (but especially the first) that the state should use its power according to agreed rules, and not arbitrarily.

Don’t Trust your Bank!

What if all the money in your current account was frozen and the maximum withdrawal was limited to €60?

There was a time when your local bank manager was a respected member of the community and was trusted by everyone.  Has this reputation now been tarnished beyond repair and can you trust your bank manager (if you actually have one or actually know who they are) or even your bank anymore?

For years the banks have been charging people for going over the overdraft limits, even when in many situations it was these very charges that was making people go over their overdraft limits.  Then came the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), which was mis-sold to millions of people and has meant the banks putting billions of pounds to one side to cover the refunds due to people.

Now the banks have been found to have been mis-selling loan insurance to businesses and have put even more money to one side to compensate the businesses that have been affected.  So what could be possibly be next?  What did come was even more amazing than anyone could have ever predicted, one of the major banks has been found to have been fixing interest rates on the amounts they borrow and lend to make their own profits higher.  It is highly expected that this bank was not alone in this action and it will probably be found that many, if not all, of the other banks were involved in fixing interest rates and making even more profit when they should not have been.

Take for example the plight of Greece. Share prices slumped across Europe on Monday as Greece shuttered its banks for a week following a fateful weekend that has shaken Europe’s single currency.

The Greek government decided on Sunday night it had no option but to close the nation’s banks the following day after the European Central Bank (ECB) raised the stakes by freezing the liquidity lifeline that has kept them afloat during a six-month run on deposits. The banks were closed for several days and frantic customers were left to withdraw the maximum daily balances from ATM machines in an attempt to salvage what they could.

Think it can’t happen here?  I wonder if the people of Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Argentina, Spain, and Portugal thought that too.

Greece left in Ruins 

  Greece faces a debt default within 48 hours after the government made clear it will not repay a €1.5bn loan to the IMF that expires tomorow. After talks on a €12bn bail-out deal collapsed, Greece is holding a national referendum on Sunday on whether to accept the conditions for further bail-outs. However, the country is so cash-strapped that it doesn’t have enough money to organise the vote, according to German newspaper.
Panicking Greeks have already emptied many of the country’s ATMs, placing greater faith in the Bank Under The Bed. Trading on Greece’s stock market has been suspended, while cash machine withdrawals across Greece have been capped at €60 as banks began to run out of money, with capital controls now in place to keep money in the country’s financial system. Markets are now braced for the worst period of turmoil since the height of the eurozone crisis four years ago.

Failed Class of 1994 – South African Government needs Discipline

Proof that a dictatorship can co-exist with democracy! Following protocol only restraints the voice of the minority, a revolution is necessary in such times.

This is proof that a dictatorship can co-exist with democracy! Following protocol only restraints the voice of the minority, a revolution is necessary in such times.

EEF is willing to ask the difficult questions whilst others sing silent night!

It appears that the EEF despite how how radical their views, they do have the courage to challenge the government. This video will show how the presiding chair lost control and requested a Minister of Parliament to withdraw a fact without reason.

It appears that the EEF despite how how radical their views, they do have the courage to challenge the government. This video will show how the presiding chair lost control and requested a Minister of Parliament to withdraw a fact without reason.

Shouting Contest at South African Parliament

These disruptions to parliament are an indication of South Africa’s critical stage in its history. Differences and hate speech are becoming ever increasing as political divides become evident. 2014 and 2015 are the years in which the South African National Assembly plunged into chaos, with the opposition being forced out not once but twice. Since then, the opposition has been vying for a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of Parliament and President, Jacob Zuma.

South African parliamentary session has been suspended by Speaker Baleka Mbete after tempers flared once again.
President Jacob Zuma stood up to answer his first question when he was but was interrupted by an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member of parliament (MP) Makoti Khawula. Baleka asked the president to take a seat as the MP stood up to address the House, asking the speaker when the president will answer the question from the party of when he will “pay back the money” regarding upgrades for his private home in Nkandla.
These disruptions to parliament are an indication of South Africa’s critical stage in its history. Differences and hate speech are becoming ever increasing as political divides become evident. 2014 and 2015 are the years in which the South African National Assembly plunged into chaos, with the opposition being forced out not once but twice. Since then, the opposition has been vying for a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of Parliament and President, Jacob Zuma. The ruling party is now at its most difficult position; poised between political regression and decomposition, on the one hand, and a loss of confidence from citizens on the other. The ruling party-opposition vendetta has implications for South African communities, against a background of spiraling corruption, poor service delivery, power outages and escalating poverty. The shifts in power politics have an accompanying effect on the attitude and behaviour of the citizenry.

SA soldiers worst sex offenders on UN missions

A recently released United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services report on sexual offences committed by the military on peacekeeping missions has revealed that South African soldiers are the worst offenders.
The report focused on offences in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, South Sudan, Liberia and Haiti. South Africa has more than 2 000 troops stationed in the DRC, Sudan and South Sudan, according to the Times.

The report puts South Africa at the top of the list of offending nations, with nine official allegations, despite not being the biggest contributor of troops to missions.

The report said the three countries whose soldiers are most abusive were:

  • South Africa (nine allegations)
  • Uruguay (eight allegations)
  • Nigeria (seven allegations)

The report does not detail the nature of the allegations but says some of the offences were committed by more than one soldier.

The Times reported that the ministry of defence did not respond to requests for comment on the report or whether any troops had faced military trials. In terms of the UN agreement, allegations should be investigated by the army of the soldier involved in the alleged misconduct.

Complaints ‘persist

The UN report says allegations of sexual misconduct persist, and called for improved investigations and transparency and court martials in peacekeeping missions.

The UN received 480 sexual exploitation and abuse allegations regarding its peacekeeping operations and special political missions between 2008 and 2013, with the DRC mission accounting for 214 (45%) of these.
Of the 480 reported allegations, 36% involved minors.

The report follows an outcry over allegations of child sexual abuse by French and African troops in Central African Republic (CAR).

On Monday, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon announced that former Canadian supreme court justice Marie Deschamps would lead a review of how the UN dealt with allegations that French troops sexually abused children in CAR.
Transactional sex’
The report revealed that UN peacekeepers routinely buy sex with everything from jewellery to televisions, and even shoes, in countries where they are deployed.

In Haiti, 231 people admitted to having “transactional sexual relationships” with peacekeepers in exchange for “jewellery, ‘church’ shoes, dresses, fancy underwear, perfume, cellphones, radios, televisions and, in a few cases, laptops”.

The women interviewed in the report said they were hungry, homeless or needed items for their babies or their households. A survey of 489 women aged 18 to 30 in the Liberian capital of Monrovia showed that more than a quarter of the city’s women had engaged in sex with UN peacekeepers, usually for money.

When peacekeepers refused to pay, some women in Haiti “withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media”, according to the report.

The report pointed to the surveys and interviews done in Haiti and Liberia as indicative of a broader trend in peacekeeping of trading sex for goods.
The UN maintains it is enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct and that it “strongly discourages sexual relations” between its blue helmets and the people they are helping. – AFP, News24.com

South African Criminals Love Prison!

One wonders why crime is so high in South Africa. It’s probably safer inside prison than outside.

There are, in most peoples’ minds, two justifications for prisons: they are said to exist in order to punish wrongdoers, and to remove the danger they would otherwise pose to the wider world. Another justification might be that prison helps to reform the characters of those who have broken the law.

Before modern prisons there were gallows, gibbets, pillories, mutilation and transportation. The idea of imprisonment as a punishment in itself, rather than as a nasty interlude while awaiting something worse, is really quite modern.

Nobody has thought about it very much for rather a long time. The horrible imposition of total solitary confinement (a liberal idea, based on the fatuous but persistent belief of such people in reforming the characters of the criminals) had to be abandoned because it both drove people mad, and did not work.

According to Lwazi Nontyi, he confesses “I was never hungry because we had food every day. When I get sick I can’t go to the clinic because they want money. All these things are free in prison… If officials won’t take me back to jail I will commit a crime and then they will have to take me back.”

One wonders why crime is so high in South Africa. It’s probably safer inside prison than outside.

Sanctioning Israel? – South African Government double standard & Insane!

Zuma’s government is up to no good and is staging an unnecessary feud with Israel. In doing so they will be disrespecting the large Jewish community in South Africa. Zuma’s government is not concerned about Palestine. Zuma and his government don’t even care about their own people suffering in poverty or the Xenophobic attacks but now wants to show solidarity to matters, which are beyond their intellect.

Leaving religion aside or personal preferences, the recent discussions on South Africa contemplating boycotting Israeli goods are another perfect sign of the poor and hopeless leadership of Zuma’s government. Before I attempt to provide reasons for my conclusion – I believe that these discussions on sanctioning Israel are religiously motivated by troublemakers.

In recent months South Africa has been hospitable to a number of war criminals – responsible for genocide attacks in their own countries and on their own people. Genocide is defined as the systematic elimination of all or a significant part of a racial, ethnic, religious, or national group.

Yet, these bigoted “freedom fighters” of South Africa can’t tell the difference as to their real reason for wanting to sanction Israel despite having no moral grounds given their alliances to war criminals are no different to the battles of Al Bashir, Mugabe and others who have killed their own people. In Israel, Palestine, Sudan and Zimbabwe cost  innocent lives sacrificed by insane ideologies.. Yet South Africa is willing to warmly welcome and protecting these war criminals.

FW de Klerk told Israel Radio yesterday  that comparisons between apartheid South Africa and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians are “odious”, and that he prefers “dialogue and negotiation as a way to get governments to change their attitudes”.

Zuma’s government is up to no good and is staging an unnecessary feud with Israel. In doing so they will be disrespecting the large Jewish community in South Africa. I don’t believe that  Zuma’s government is concerned about Palestine. Zuma and his government don’t even care about their own people suffering in poverty or the recent Xenophobic attacks.

The fight between the families of Israel (Jacob) and Esau have been in dispute for generations and frankly I don’t have any faith in our government resolving anything! or just maybe it’s just form of corruption opportunities.

Ukushiya Inkolo eceleni noma esikuthandayo, lezi zingxoxo yamuva nge South Africa abacabangela ukudedela izinto Israel kukhona esinye isibonakaliso esiphelele ubuholi abampofu futhi singazi kahulumeni Zuma. Ngaphambi I azame ukunikeza izizathu isiphetho sami – Ngikholelwa ukuthi lezi zingxoxo on sanctioning Israyeli inkolo ishukunyiswa abawuhlupho.

Ezinyangeni ezimbalwa ezedlule South Africa bekulokhu wokungenisa izihambi eziningi izigebengu war – elibhekele ukuhlasela kohlanga emazweni abo. Genocide kuchazwa ngokuthi ukuqedwa ehlelekile yazo zonke noma ingxenye enkulu yeqembu, ngobuzwe, zenkolo, noma kazwelonke.

Nokho, lezi bigoted “inkululeko fighters” of South Africa Awuyazi umehluko isizathu sabo sangempela sokufuna agunyaze Israyeli naphezu kokuba kungekho izizathu zokuziphatha ezinikezwe imifelandawonye yabo izigebengu impi Ziyefana ukuba izimpi Al Bashir, Mugabe kanye abanye abaye wabulala abantu babo siqu. Kwa-Israyeli, Palestine, Sudan futhi Zimbabwe kubiza abantu abangenacala okuhlatshelwe by nokuhlalisana uyahlanya .. Kodwa South Africa uzimisele ngokufudumele wamukelekile futhi evikelwe impi izigebengu.

FW de Klerk watshela u-Israyeli Radio ngoLwesibili ukuthi iziqhathaniso phakathi yeNingizimu Afrika kanye nokwelashwa kuka-Israyeli basePalestine kukhona “banengeke”, nokuthi nguye “inkhulumomphendvulwano kanye nokuxoxisana njengendlela indlela ohulumeni ukuba ashintshe indlela abuka ngayo”.

Uhulumeni kaZuma isesikhathini akukho okuhle futhi okuzobe kudlalelwa i umbango okungadingekile Israyeli. Ngokwenza kanjalo siyohlangana ukudelela umphakathi wamaJuda akulelo South Africa. Angikholwa ukuthi uhulumeni kaZuma uyayikhathalela Palestine. Zuma nohulumeni wakhe musa ngisho obakhathalelayo abantu babo siqu nokuhlupheka ubumpofu noma ukuhlaselwa yamuva kwabokufika.

Le mpi phakathi imindeni Isreal (Jakobe) no-Esawu bebelokhu impikiswano izizukulwane ngokungagwegwesi Anginayo yimuphi ukholo uhulumeni wethu yini ekuxazululeni noma mhlawumbe nje kungcono indlela amathuba enkohlakalo.