Every apartheid law enacted by the National Party was cynical, poorly conceived, and devised for the benefit of just one section of the population: white South Africans.
These dogs of apartheid – and yes, they were dogs – could not be touched because they lorded over a parliamentary democracy that was for whites only.
They could pass whatever laws they pleased because their constituents wanted black South Africans – the vast majority of the population of this country – to have no political say, no residential rights, and no equal education or job rights, among many other things.
With their whites-only constitution, they could – and did – do as they pleased.
The premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Zihle Zikalala, likes the principle of parliament passing laws without being challenged about them. He wants our constitution to be changed to allow our representatives in parliament – put there by a minority of South Africans – to present us with laws that do not pass muster, laws that our courts will not be able to throw back at them with a message: ‘Go back and do better.’
Zikalala wants the constitution rewritten.
He wants it changed from a constitutional democracy to a parliamentary democracy.
He – and all his colleagues who support what is being suggested – must be stopped.
In their tracks.
Like the National Party and their secret admirers of the apartheid years, our parliament is full of ‘representatives’ who, quite frankly, do not have the intellectual, or indeed, any type of ability to represent South Africans.
Well, we have enough proof to show how badly they have failed.
For instance, do we need a Minister who, in moments of boredom (which he shouldn’t have, considering how messed up his portfolio is), speaks of being ‘in the moon’?
Let us look at just a few instances of how the National Party performed when they ruled the country. And let us not forget how parliamentary democracy made them untouchable….
Remember what Jimmy Kruger said after Steve Biko had been murdered?
‘I’m not happy and I’m not sad. He leaves me cold.’
And then in a parliamentary debate afterwards, he lambasted opposition members of parliament, particularly Helen Suzman for suggesting that the security police were responsible to the death of Biko and other detainees.
He said such suggestions were used by the enemies of South Africa for ‘propaganda’ purposes – and were ‘scandalous’.
‘I want to deny categorically that the South African police, and particularly the security police, torture detainees,” he said. “We have laws and regulations, and I will see to it that these laws and regulations are obeyed.’
No one could tell Kruger he was talking absolute rubbish.
Do we want to go back to this type of unadulterated crap?
Then there was the ‘Sobukwe Clause’.
It was an evil amendment to the 1963 General Laws Amendment Act No 37, which further defined ‘political crimes.’
The ‘Sobukwe Clause’ was devised to keep the PAC leader, Robert Sobukwe, in jail indefinitely. Thus, after he had served a three-year sentence, he ‘was detained for a further six years on an annual decision by a party of idiots in Parliament’.
Do we want to live in a country where a parliament can enact these types of laws?
Then there was the Terrorism Act, and its notorious Section 6, in terms of which if a police officer, of or above the rank of lieutenant-colonel, had ‘reason to believe’ that someone was a ‘terrorist’, (‘terrorism’ being defined widely), or was withholding from the police information about such ‘terrorists’ or offences under the Act, he might cause the person in question to be arrested without warrant and to be detained for interrogation.
This section also provided for such detention to last until the Commissioner of Police was ‘satisfied’ that the detainee had ‘satisfactorily replied to all questions or that no useful purpose will be served by his further detention’.
Remember the Group Areas Act – and what the Home Affairs Minister, Eben Dönges, said in Parliament about it?
He said: ‘The overriding principle of this Bill is to make provision for the establishment of group areas, that is, separate areas for the different racial groups, by compulsion, if necessary’.
No court of law could touch him.
Every South African should fight to ensure that any attempts by anyone to mess with our constitution are stopped.
If any of us is confronted with a choice between a promise by a South African cabinet minister and consideration of that promise by a judge in a court of law, believe what the judge says.
We will be doomed if we believe anything a politician of any ruling party wants to tell us….