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My paternal grandmother was Irish, which is an excuse for many things. Among them the affliction of a bladder situated too close to the eyes. It kicked into action two weeks ago when Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered his scathing judgement against the President and National Assembly for their behaviour over Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Their defence of such blatant plundering of the public purse was castigated so eloquently that those in the firing line haven’t fully absorbed their sins. But their competitors will keep reminding them that Zuma and the ANC caucus broke oaths of office enshrined in the Constitution. In a mature democracy it would have been their end; they would have appreciated the severity of their actions – Parliament dissolved and the immediate resignation of the President. But this is a young democracy. Mistakes are being learnt the hard way. And sometimes compounded, as the ANC’s spin doctors – and the party’s compromised leader – have done in attempting to debase the Chief Justice’s words, suggesting his condemnation was a mere wrist slap. This is a serious misjudgement. Mogoeng’s eloquent and forceful delivery gave the judiciary massive public exposure. The Chief Justice himself has become an icon for thousands of idealistic young activists who are sick of corruption and crony capitalism. They do not buy into the “Big Man of Africa” rule of patronage. They have been emboldened by Mogoeng’s assertion that South Africa is a Constitutional Democracy where political leaders bend to the rule of law, not the other way. And will draw courage from the Chief Justice’s speech last night in Durban. Just like they did on March 31. Leadership sometimes comes from the most unusual places. – Alec Hogg
By Amanda Khoza, News24