oet and singer Ntsiki Mazwai has called for the release of former South African president, Jacob Zuma, saying that the “old” man must be released and speak to his people to calm f*#@ down!
“South Africa is burning and we are not safe. That is the reality of Right Now. Like most South Africans, I have been watching a movie unfold in front of my eyes. We are rendered helpless as we watch the decision of the constitutional court rip our country to shreds. It has been barely a week of former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration and we ourselves have been locked into a prison cell of violence,” said Ntsiki Mazwai.
The poet said that there are many things that do not make sense to her about what is happening judicially.
“As a lay and simple man, there are many things that do not make sense to me about what is happening judicially. Let’s starts with the state commission, how it has been labeled the Zondo Commission. I feel like that can give rise to a God complex. Naming the commission after a person gives assumed power. Before this commission, I had never heard of him, but today here is the man whose decisions have led to civil unrest in the country.
“I am not an avid State Commission watcher. I have watched it here and there. I was never really comfortable with this kangaroo court that had black people telling on each other. I found it weird that there were rarely white people on trial when it is generally known that they hold the evergreen accounts with state entities. I found it strange that there was an absence of whiteness where state corruption is concerned. I also found it weird that the black leaders were being mainly questioned by white legal practitioners (in a black-dominated country.) Besides the blackface judge of the commission, I still couldn’t ignore the sense of the master calling the slave to order.
“I did however manage to catch the commission the day that Judge Zondo said something along the lines of the commission not being compulsory but comrades are encouraged to come. I understood it as him saying, there is pressure to go, but no legal bind. This is why the arrest of JZ was strange for me. He was arrested for not going to the commission essentially,” said Ntsiki Mazwai.
Ntsiki Mazwai said that she asked herself why Judge Zondo couldn’t just recuse himself and the commission moves on.
“What was glaring for me at the time of the constitutional court order of arrest, was that judge Zondo went straight to the apex court and left Zuma with no options. Zuma had requested that Judge Zondo recuse himself; not only did he refuse but he got Zuma arrested. That was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment for me. I asked myself why the judge couldn’t just recuse himself and we move on with the commission?”
She has also questioned the Constitution of South Africa.
“More critical questions that were raised for me in terms of the constitution: Who wrote it on our behalf? Did we agree to it? Was it explained to us? What was in the sunset clause?
“What is transpiring before us, is that we as black people are actually in the same position we were, pre 94. We have no voice or say in what happens in our lives. It is written down for us in the constitution. Written down by whom? Why are we said to have the best constitution in the world (by white people) when we black people live in a state of poverty? Is it the best constitution because it allows them to continue to plunder in peace because they gave us this thing called the vote. Was the illusion of political power used to distract us to maintain the status quo for capitalists? Even this thing called parliament is based on British standards and essentially belongs to the queen.
“Our mission was to govern ourselves. What is this constitution and this constitutional court that overrides our voices? I see us all being taught to support the rule of law. Which law? The law which is expensive to access? It’s all very well to all believe in the justice system, but the justice system needs money. This means that the justice system is only working for about 10% of the population.
“Not only that, but by their own admissions, lawyers never know what the judge is going to rule. The judge is human affected by human conditions such as greed, mood, and other ailments of the soul. Is this the rule of law we must follow?
“Based on the history of our country, the judiciary is dominated by the oppressor of African people. There are financially lucrative sectors in society that have always been dominated by white people, the justice system is one of those. Black lawyers have got volumes of racism stories and how the system works against them. Is this the rule of law we are protecting?” asked Ntsiki Mazwai.
Ntsiki Mazwai has called on those involved in violence to calm down. “No more violence. Siyanicela.”
This article was previously published on Ntsiki Mazwai’s blog [HERE].
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