ONLY A REFERENDUM CAN RESOLVE THE IMPASSEE |
President Zuma apologized to the nation regarding the findings against him by the Constitutional Court to the effect that he transgressed the dictates of the Constitution of the country.
The nation may not be able to respond in unison on television. It is equally not in the interest of the country to balkanize into the top six, the ANC NWC or ANC branches and to some extent members of parliament, the National Assembly to be specific.
The president appealed to the entire nation for pardon, therefore the entire nation, at least those of voting age, should have a say in whether to accept the apology or otherwise.
The only way that can allow the majority of the population to participate in issue of pardoning the President or not is a referendum where voters will vote “yes” or “no” in secrecy as is done when a government is to be put in place.
The issue of a referendum is not new on these shores. When then President F W De Klerk was faced with a problem of democratizing South Africa as opposed to the retention of white domination, he called for a referendum to all voters of the day. The result was an overwhelming majority in favour of democratizing South Africa.
We should not sit back and watch a man who failed his constitutional mandate play around to retain his seat of power by subjecting the nation to a narrowly crafted way of using his party only to decide to retain him in office.
A referendum is the only way to go.
Sent by: Sipho Mfundisi
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