Rule of Law Not Respected in South Africa

More than 50 million people throughout the world have been forced to flee their homes. There are more than 13 million refugees worldwide. The United Kingdom currently has 149,799 refugees, which is calculated to 0.24% of the total population.

Many, including myself have made the United Kingdom home. Despite cultural, race and creed – I am a British Citizen. Born and bred in South Africa but I’m still British and to those born within the United Kingdom has to also acknowledge that I’m British and a subject of the Queen. However this is not so in South Africa for I’m within a pecking order as a secondary citizen because being Black matters – it’s called, “Black Economic Empowerment”.

When an asylum seeker is granted status to remain and later is issued with a passport of citizenship. One is able to see this Great Britain welcome its subjects as British. Now, whether the locals like it or not, the Rule of Law dictates the attitude to which all citizens are to respect and tolerate.

We have seen in recent months of the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa as they burnt fellow Africans for being foreigners. If the Leaders of the country who rob, plunder its resources and make a mockery of its legal system – how do the authorities expect the citizens to conduct themselves?

Despite the United Kingdom’s failures and faults – I feel safe and protected (not by the government, the police nor securities) for it is the Rule of Law/ and clearly delineated within the Magna Carta which instructs that even the King is not higher than the Laws of the United Kingdom.

What is the Rule of Law?

The rule of law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials.