Rally of deputies: “We must be governed by African law”

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Former President Jacob Zuma sparked controversy over his views, challenging South Africa’s constitution and laws. Zuma blasted the ANC and the use of Roman-Dutch law at a uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party rally in Maqongqo, near Pietermaritzburg, on Sunday. Zuma assured MK supporters that South African laws would be repealed if the party won the general election. No place for such statements in a democratic society Ayesha Kajee, political analyst and researcher at Africa Asia Dialogues, said irresponsible and short-sighted statements of this type should have no place in a democratic society. “For leaders to openly advocate…

Former president Jacob Zuma has sparked controversy over his views, challenging the South African constitution and laws.

Zuma blasted the ANC and its use of Roman-Dutch law at a uMkhonto weSizwe rally (MK) party at Maqongqo, near Pietermaritzburg, on Sunday.

Zuma assured MK supporters that South African laws would be repealed if the party won the general election.

No place for such statements in a democratic society

Ayesha Kajee, political analyst and researcher at Africa Asia Dialogues, said irresponsible and short-sighted statements of this type should have no place in a democratic society.

“For leaders to openly advocate for stripping away the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens is unconscionable and a sad indicator of the lack of creative and strategic policy solutions in our political landscape,” Kajee said.

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Zuma criticized the ANC government, accusing it of adopting Roman-Dutch law.

“We are going to change the laws. We are currently being tried and sentenced under Roman-Dutch law, but we have never been Dutch or Roman. We must be governed by African law,” Zuma said.

“I know today we have been in democracy for 30 years and we think we have absolute freedom, but we are not completely free. If we were, we would not be imprisoned in this country,” he said.

“Electoral campaign posture”

Political analyst Bernard Sebake described Zuma’s actions as “election campaign posturing”.

According to Sebake, Zuma is saying: “Let us revise this democratic system and insert state measures into the constitution, translating them into laws to excessively regulate the choices of the people.”

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Zuma also called for the return of corporal punishment to the home during his speech. He said this would serve to instill in children discipline and respect for their elders.

He stressed that the party would not allow young boys to sit around and “do nothing and become alcoholics”.

“You will be surprised because we will force them to go to school, even if it means they have to be beaten,” he said.

But Kajee pointed out that Zuma’s recent statements endorsing corporal punishment contradicted his own statements in 2017 when he condemned corporal punishment in South Africa’s schools.

“The solutions proposed by Zuma would directly contravene section 28 of the Bill of Rights of the South African constitution which states that every child has the right to be protected from abuse, neglect and degradation,” Kajee said .

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Traditional leaders should have their say

Zuma said traditional leaders should have a say in how South Africa is governed.

He said traditional leaders should take their “rightful place” and be above politicians.

Sebake said democracy and traditional rulers were established against the backdrop of the same principles.

“Democracy is about establishing a government by the people, for the people, in which the majority votes establish that government,” Sebake said.

“If you look to traditional rulers, the system is that of the monarch.

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“And in most cases, he governs himself, contrary to the will of the people. »

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