Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
I read your exclusive interview with Jacob Zuma, and in particular his views on crime, with great interest.
It seems the ANC president can't differentiate between perception and reality.
The perception is that criminals have more rights than victims of crime. I think it is important to specify the rights that are afforded to "criminals" and then ask whether they contribute to crime:
lThe right of an accused to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
l The right to a fair and speedy trial.
lThe right to legal representation, which allows an accused to be legally represented.
Zuma has a problem with people who defend the rights of criminals. Is he suggesting that this right be removed from the Constitution?
The irony is that Zuma has benefitted from these laws. He was charged with rape, a serious crime that ordinarily results in an arrest.
Was Msholozi arrested for rape?
During his trial he was represented by a senior advocate. A very crucial piece of evidence, a senior police officer's testimony, was excluded because of a technicality. Why does he suddenly have a problem with technicalities?
I am not saying the law is perfect, but I think it is important for people to deal with issues based on facts not perceptions.