As promised on our previous episode, today we are talkimg about Human Rights as listed in the South African Bill of Rights. We start off with Coconut Kelz, an unconventional comedian who nobody gets. She was being interviewd on TV and she said things which confuses a lot of people
We then examine 35 rights in the Bill of Rights as listed in Chapter Two of the Southa African Constitution.
Solve Eskom First, Then We Can Talk About HUMAN RIGHTS
You are sitting quietly in your house, minding your own business and without any warning the lights goes out. I mean literally, the lights go out, because Eskom has cut the power. What is most bizarre, is the reason they give you as to why they switch off the lights. Under normal circumstances in South Africa, electricity is cut off when one isn’t paying for it. In the present day corrupt South Africa, electricity is cut off for everyone who is a loyal paying customer.
This practice is officially known as load-shedding. This is how I view load-shedding. It is a spit on the face upon all law-abiding citizens who pay for electricity.
Eskom’s problem is that is has too much political influence in it’s leadership structures. Everyone who is appointed into a top position at Eskom is not there to run the affairs of Eskom as a business but is appointed there to serve the interest of certain individuals. If the executive at Eskom has an objective to help Eskom succeed, they would have come up with a viable plan to turn Eskom around.
Everyone knows that the financial struggles that Eskom is facing is not due to the lack of coal (which is not a fact by the way) or problem with a dam in Mozambique. The financial problems of Eskom are a result of failure to collect payments from individual customers, municipalities and companies. Now you will hear men like David Mabuza who would come to Parliament and say the problems with Eskom are an indicator of a growing economy. What a load of stinky mud! Eskom’s problems are not due to a growing economy, they are due to thousands upon thousands of people who use electricity illegally and nothing is being done about those people. As far as I can remember, using electricity without paying for it when you are supposed to pay for it, is a criminal offense and the law should take its course. People should be arrested and forced to pay off their accounts.
What Eskom is doing, is abusing it’s loyal customers by increasing the tariffs, telling customers to use less electricity and applying load-shedding. Such a practice is bad for business and it will lead more people into stealing electricity.
My Sentiment on the Bill of Rights in South Africa
I was reading the Bill of Rights in preparation for this Episode. I will therefore share what I think about the it.
According to the Bill of Rights document, Chapter Two
(1) This Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. (2) The state must respect, protect, promote and fulfill the rights in the Bill of Rights. (3) The rights in the Bill of Rights are subject to the limitations contained or referred to in section 36, or elsewhere in the Bill
I want to examine if the Rights declared in the Bill of Rights are respected by Government officials and if not, are there any steps taken? Let us take a look at few of these rights.
(1) Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. (2) Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. To promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed Chapter 2: Bill of Rights 6 to protect or advance persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination may be taken. (3) The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth. (4) No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds in terms of subsection (3). National legislation must be enacted to prevent or prohibit unfair discrimination. (5) Discrimination on one or more of the grounds listed in subsection(3) is unfair unless it is established that the discrimination is fair.
Subsection (1), is already violated many times by the judicial system and other organs of state. When I think of it, I come to remember a movie and a novel called Animal Farm, where the pigs were mobilized and became the government. Laws were put in place including the one that says, “All animals are equal.” Later the pigs decided to amend the law by saying, ” All Animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Such is the case in South Africa. We are not equal before the law. If we were equal before the law let us see government officials who have offended against the law to be prosecuted and denied bail like most South Africans who belongs to the offending community.
There are government officials who should be fired and then be sent into prison as we speak. Some have received bribes and some have paid bribes but no one is being arrested. Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, should have been suspended so that she can clear her name or be tried in court and go to jail for receiving frozen chickens and other items as it transpired in the Zondo commission concerning Bosasa.
For most South Africans, when one is suspected and of a crime and minimal evidence is found, that person is arrest upon suspicion and be remanded in police custody. You will here the case being postponed because more investigation is being conducted, meanwhile, the person is denied bail or bail is set at rates not affordable for him. For government officials, such is not the case. When an official is a suspect in a crime they continue serving on the government office.
So to say “everyone is equal before the law” means nothing when we get punished for petty crimes, while government officials who should know better, walk free and continue to feast on tax payer’s money.
The right to life.
11. Everyone has the right to life.
Section 11 of the Bill of Rights is good. It agrees with the Bible. The Bible forbids murder and has harsh ways to deal with murders as a deterrent towards future crimes against this basic right.
Sadly this right does not apply to unborn babies. The South African state does not recognize an unborn baby as a person and therefore gives power to a woman to decided if they would terminate the pregnancy or not. On the other hand the Bible recognizes a person even before conception. When conception takes place God would have already planned out the life of the baby before they are even born.
Since many unborn babies are being brutally killed. This right to life means nothing.