Congress of the People demands to know whether the callous and easily identified murderers of Emmanuel Sithole have been arrested and will be delivered to court immediately with all of the irrefutable evidence readily and easily available for instant prosecution.
We feel so sick, revolted and horrified at the brutal and unprovoked murder of an innocent man for no other reason than that he was a Mozambican. That he was a fellow African mattered not a …jot.
Nothing less than swift and stern justice will suffice in the circumstances. For once the criminal justice system should show that the wheels of justice are capable of turning.
Under President Zuma, because of his own precarious legal position and constant fending off of criminal charges, consequences for illegal action have evaporated. People do not fear breaking the law because of the general malaise in the criminal justice system.
Pemmy Majodina and John Block, notwithstanding their abuse of state funds, are still in office. Hundreds of officials who violated the PFMA and the MFMA with irregular and crooked tenders remain unscathed and unpunished. Zola Tsotsi who is alleged to have wilfully bent procurement rules and incurred millions of rands of cost for Eskom, remains scot free and perhaps unduly enriched from exerting pressure for irregular processes. Murderers, most frighteningly, can take lives of innocent people because they fear no consequences.
Regardless of footage of wanton looting of foreign owned shops the Minister has sat on his behind and done nothing whatsoever to display any reach of the law. To him it has never been a priority. What a scandal!
President Zuma is tired and out of his depth. Moreover, he has no passion for rule of law and constitutionality. Under him, law and order have broken down.
If the government cannot act with energy and swiftness, it should resign. The lacklustre performance of this massive and costly government has created a great international liability for South Africa and has deeply ashamed all of us.
Tomorrow, I will be sending a letter to President Zuma to request the Presiding Officers of parliament to constitute a high-powered multi-party ad hoc committee to investigate what had happened and to bring forward recommendations for the cabinet to act on.
If we do not reign in the forces of anarchy now and if consequences don’t follow for what happened, the good story of President Zuma will become a living nightmare for all of us.
Issued by Mosiuoa Lekota on behalf of Cope, Mosiuoa Lekota is the President of COPE.