The discontent among the ranks of the African National Congress regarding the judgment against Malema in the equality court is disturbing. Judges should be allowed to do their work without fear or prejudice.
It is unbecoming for a sitting government to split hairs about a judgment that aims to put paid to hankering about the past. What used to contain pre democracy has no room in today’s society. No person should be perceived as being an easy target that can be shot at at anytime as the song implies.
It is hypocritical of the ANC to pretend that ibhulu is an innocent word. They know very well that it is used in derogatory spirit in the song in question. It should be borne in mind that the song was sung during the dark days in the dungeons. It surely has no place in these days in which Malema can demolish a R3m house to out up one worth R16m in Sandton. When the song was sung in those days of the struggle Sandton was like an inaccessible mirage.
It is unfortunate that the ANC and their alliance partners tend to forget that you win some you lose some. This is the time they have to concede defeat.
In the spirit of nation building and the pursuit for social cohesion such songs should be abolished. The ANC want to eat their cake and still have it. They are on high that they negotiated a peaceful settlement. It is absurd to turn around and say they want to return to their old ways.
This attitude reminds us of what Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke said some time back that it is not what the ANC wants or what the delegates want, it is what is good for our people. Our people want to leave in peace. Some people and political parties have been caused and forced to discard their songs. Some of the songs are innocent and call on the Creator of all things to bless those singing but the ANC would not hear a thing about that. They tormented those affected to complete silence yet they want to goon singing songs that make one blood to boil.
The ANC wants to behave like a Shakespearean Colossus and bestride the narrow world while other people should walk under their huge legs peeping about to find themselves dishonourable graves. The law is there for all. The equality court is the baby of the new Constitution as set out in section 9. These courts have to protect those who have no huge numbers to close down streets of our cities in protest.
We hope the time will come when the ANC will accept that in a negotiated settlement some have to forego their comforts. Negotiations are give and take business. It is for that reason that the constitution was crafted to have checks and balances to avoid tilting the scales to one side all the time.
Lalani ngenxeba maqabani!
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