Rule of law must be respected

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Separation of powers is a constitutional principle that limits powers from being vested in one person or institution.

It divides governmental authority into three branches - legislative, executive, and judiciary. The rule of law implies that every person is subject to the law, including people who are lawmakers, law enforcement officials and judges.

These principles were, however, violated by the same people who were at the forefront of "building" this country. There is no marked difference between apartheid and post-apartheid rule.

State capture did not start with the Guptas, it goes back to the apartheid period and is even continuing today, with revelations that some white supremacists have captured the judiciary. This is worse and more dangerous than what former president Jacob Zuma and the Guptas have done. But this does not in any way justify the actions of the Guptas.

There must also be a commission of inquiry into the judiciary. Zuma would be stupid if he won't latch onto the capture of the judiciary by known white supremacists and open a can of worms when testifying in the current state capture inquiry.

These white supremacists are reported to even write judgments for judges.

There can't be laws that apply to some people and not to others. The law must protect everybody equally irrespective of status, especially the wretched of the earth.

If the situation of respect for the rule of law and firm observance of separation of powers is not going to be addressed, this is going to be a source of unrest and revolution in this country.

Sam Ditshego

Kagiso, Mogale City

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