The African National Congress government and their allies’ decision to take Israel to the International Court of Justice has brought us to a place where, like the time of Queen Esther in the Bible, we cannot keep silent. We cannot keep silent when a government that has failed on its domestic mandate, wants to rise as a hero in the global political arena.
A few years ago the UK Prime Minister David Cameron wanted to join the US military operation against the Assad regime in Syria. Despite his initial determination to send British troops on this operation, Cameron was stopped when he lost a referendum by only 13 votes. This was because some of his political party parliamentarians voted with the opposition.
After this loss, the prime minister said: “It is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.” This was a display of democracy in action, the will of the people prevailing against political ambition.
This is unfortunately not the case in South Africa. The members of Parliament in South Africa are members of political parties who are not directly elected by any constituency. As a result, they are not accountable to the people of South Africa and don’t even care about their constitutional responsibilities, but are loyal to their political parties.
It was always known that our proportional electoral system was not a true reflection of the will of the people but it was adopted as a transitional system for the election in 1994. It made sense at the time because many leaders were not known in the constituencies as many had been exiled or in prison.
Many have fought to have this electoral system changed, and even gained a victory when the Constitutional Court declared the system unconstitutional. However, it was left to Parliament to change the law. The result has been minor legal amendments and an electoral system that still favours political parties.
South Africans have been groaning for many years under the leadership of the ANC government. The many failed motions of no confidence in the ANC leadership and government have proven to us that members of Parliament do not represent the will of the people. Our nation is going through a period of unprecedented crisis. How we are able to keep going is a miracle.
We are confronted by high levels of crime, violence, corruption, unemployment and drug abuse. Our police struggle to enforce the law, resulting in ramapant lawlessness in our nation. There is a crisis in our education system and health sectors, and many medical and other professionals are choosing to emigrate.
We have now become experts in managing to live with constant power cuts (i.e.loadshedding), while we also experience water shortages and running sewage. We recently had cases of people dying of cholera, due to poor quality water — 30 years into our democracy. The ANC government has dismally failed the people of this nation and the poor bear the brunt of this failure.
It is therefore concerning to see these same people, who have not cared about their poor, taking on wanting the world to view them as people who care about the plight of the weak and oppressed. We, as South Africa, don’t need to be dragged into another geopolitical conflict, like we found ourselves in the middle of the Cold War. The hypocrisy of the ANC is beyond comprehension. Just a few years ago the ANC government breached its international and domestic legal obligations when it failed to arrest Omer Al-Bashir who had been found guilty of war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
Just next door to us is Zimbabwe, whose people have suffered human rights violations over many years. Instead of speaking out for them, the ANC maintained there was no crisis and that Zimbabweans will find solutions amongs themselves. The instability of Zimbabwe places a heavy burden on the South African economy, so if the ANC knew about the plight of the oppressed, this is where they needed to act. The same applies in eSwatini (Swaziland), where despite cries of human rights abuses the ANC has not threatened action against any leaders nor shown solidarity with the people affected.
The African Union found itself extremely divided over Morocco and Western Sahara. Despite this being an African conflict, they decided to allow this matter to be dealt with by the United Nations. The AU leadership placed the interest of Africa’s unity first.
South Africa has been known as the nation of reconciliation, not the one that takes sides. Therefore the decision by the ANC government to take sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict, is not in the interest of South Africa’s developmental agenda, nor of Africa, for that matter.
It is therefore important that it be known that this decision to take Israel to the ICJ, is a decision of the ANC and its allies, and does not in any way represent the vast majority of the people of this nation. There are many of us in South Africa who believe that Israel has the right to exist and defend herself. We therefore disassociate ourselves from this decision taken by the ANC government.
History has records over many generations of kings and kingdoms who rose up against Israel and the Jewish people, seeking to wipe them out. Israel still exists because none of those attempts succeeded. The Bible clearly states: “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you (Gen 12:3).”
Who knows, perhaps this decision to be an accuser of Israel may just be what is needed to hasten the judgment of God against the ANC government and deliver the people of South Africa from their corruption.
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