am amazed at our arrogance. A new war has begun in the Middle East,
perhaps heralding World War III, and we say we are in crisis. Why? Because
a couple of powerful men in the judiciary are at one another's throats?
Because maybe one or both got caught with their pants down?
I write this more than 300 people have died as Israel relentlessly bombs
Lebanon, displacing 500,000 of its citizens, creating a shortage of food
and water, crippling hospitals. Wounded children are lying unattended, and
we who have it all, who are benefiting from skyrocketing oil prices are
crying wolf. Now that’s a crisis.
I read the Chief Justice’s verbose pre-emptive strike against the State,
followed by an equally meandering turgid response from the State warning
darkly of a bigger strike against the CJ, my eyes crossed, blurred and saw
verbiage, abcdef, dot dot dot punctuation mark, headline, printed words
nothing to do with any of us.
was getting the weird feeling you get when you put your face up against a
TV screen and all you see are spots. You stop seeing the wider images. A
face is not a face. It is hundreds of dots and that’s when you realise
that there is nothing tangible there, just a cold electronic screen, an
emotion machine where people get paid to act to entertain you, make you
laugh, startle, cry. They don’t see you. You don’t exist.
how I feel being forced to watch this wasteful soap opera in which nobody
benefits. The thick backlog of cases aren’t cleared, the witness
protection programme isn’t sorted out, the prisons remain overcrowded;
the reputation of the Prisons as the University of Crime where casual
mango thief meets cold-blooded murderer isn’t changed and no one is
convinced that the law is about justice anymore.
average citizen doesn’t exist to the pompous men who are playing for the
gallery, for their own benefit.
switch off that screen and you see reality. It’s a crisis of ethics.
developing and third world countries have two sets of rules. One set for
the ones with the power and money and another for the ordinary poor
citizen without “pull.”
developing status assumes a wide chasm between the rich and the poor. We
are less democratic than “developed” countries that have a wider
safety net for its most vulnerable, its ill, its children, its elderly,
its unemployed and its damaged citizens. With us, some people are more
equal than others.
some of the very people who rail against the URP dependency syndrome, (and
rightly so) are the ones who themselves walk around with a fat sense of
entitlement because they hold public office.
the boardrooms you wont hear anything that will help the ordinary citizen,
but you will hear about power plays, about who can team up with whom, to
outsmart who, to make the most money. They scheme to get away with
anything at any cost. Fix up. Being a big fish in a small pond brings that
arrogance. This judicial imbroglio is a symptom of the “fix up”
people are being caught with their pants down. They try to “fix up.”
They get caught. It’s a good thing. Now we need to catch everyone
suspected of “fixing up,” in the private and public sectors. Will that
happen? Depends on whose doing the catching. Political expediency is all.
crisis is that “fix up” has overtaken ethics. It seems the many
barrels of oil are flattening out real human development.
this tit-for-tat thing continues, to my disgust and sorrow I heard that a
woman, a humble citizen who worked as a housekeeper, died while on the
state list to have open heart surgery. That’s the crisis. Two rules for
all. Fix up.