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JONATHAN JANSEN | ANC reprieved? Zuma freed? Don’t expect fairness in politics-obsessed SA

SA will pay dearly for rewarding suits who reward party loyalty instead of upholding the constitution

08 September 2021 - 19:51

Fairness. The word is fast losing all meaning in South African politics. My dictionary defines it as “treating people equally or in a way that is right or reasonable”. You don’t need a law professor to tell you something stinks in our state of delusion. If a lesser party had missed the deadline for registering its candidates for the election, would the IEC have thrown that minor political entity a lifeline? You know the answer. Would an ordinary criminal stuck behind bars be given a “get-out-of-jail card” (also known as medical parole) by the nation’s prison boss after serving only two months of a 15-month sentence? You don’t have to guess the response to that question either. Would the president come out with a statement for any other inmate and declare he “welcomed this” parole decision? You know the answer to all three questions is a resounding “no”...

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