The Black Empowerment Foundation (BEF) notes the judgment of the Constitutional Court that has been handed down today. We will study the judgment in detail but in summary will accept the judgment although our immediate reaction is that of disappointment in that the judgment is yet another step backwards in our democracy and taking away the power from the people. A more detailed reaction will follow once we have carefully studied the judgment and will show areas where we believe that the CC in its narration and background of the judgment has indirectly exerted pressure on the Speaker in terms of how she ought to rule although having technically left the latitude to make the decision to the Speaker.
The BEF believes that the ANC should call the Speaker in and instruct her to make a decision with her conscience that, “she cannot with a clear conscience make a decision that will defy the will of the people based on the results of the general election in 2014. She believes if there are ANC MPs who wish to vote in favour of the motion of no confidence in the President against the explicit party instruction, they ought to have the courage to openly declare this to the people. There is precedence of MPs who have openly voted against motions in Parliament.” It is our belief as the BEF that the opposition parties ought to be fighting to call for an early election or a referendum from the people of South Africa whether the President should step down. They should not be wanting to utilise white monopoly capital to buy ANC MPs to vote against a President who is aggressively implementing the policy decisions of the ANC to aggressively transform the economy. To declare that the MPs can vote independently is to suggest that MPs serve in Parliament because they are elected directly by the people, which they are not, they are deployed by the party and as such must account to the party which accounts to the people. The people have not called for the President to step down. If that were the case South Africa would resemble Venezuela.
There are serious issues that we must address rather than legal structured pseudo coup plots that are presented by monopoly capital. The ANC governs on the basis of the will of the people.
It would also be transparent for the ANC in provinces to recall all their deployees to the National Assembly and give marching orders to vote against such a motion e.g. especially the likes of Pravin Gordhan,Makhosi Khoza etc,this to make it clear to them why and who sent them to serve in parliament.
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