Fighting for our rights
SOUTH Africans don't only have to exercise their rights when they vote during elections, but also have the right to bring about change by holding those in power accountable.
This, unfortunately, does not always happen and many communities are at the mercy of those in power.
Every other day there is a community protesting the lack of service delivery and demanding homes.
Yet, South Africans don't question those in power or approach legal institutions to demand services.
Politicians tend to visit communities only at election times, making grand promises.
Communities need to learn how to stand up and fight for their rights, and that is why we commend non-profit organisation Freedom Under Law (FUL), that applied for an urgent interdict to prevent former crime intelligence boss Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli from serving in the police service.
FUL also applied for an interdict against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, preventing him from moving Mdluli to a new position before a review into his reinstatement could be heard.
FUL argues that the allegations against Mdluli make him unfit to be in a position of trust.
Their action is in the public interest. More voters who can afford to litigate should help the poor to take their matters to the courts to protect their rights, instead of allowing anger to fester, resulting in damage to public property during protests.
Voters should exercise their power on a daily basis by calling for those in power to account for their promises.