Category Archives: Law and order

The Chief Justice Mogoeng issue

There has been quite a stir in the lefty spheres when Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave a speech in Stellenbosch a while ago, detailing how religion can be used to strengthen the law. He used is own religion, Christianity, as an example. Once again the liberal left almost had a heart attack because of the fact that anyone in the judiciary dare talk about Christianity. Since I believe that this is an absolute joke to start with, I would like to throw in a few thoughts on the issue.

  1. First of all, whether our chief justice is a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Agnostic or Atheist is totally beside the point. Every single person in this world has a word-view, a set of morals, and their own definition of right and wrong. Anyone who serves in our government or judiciary will go into that role with a certain bias, no matter what it is. This is an unavoidable fact of life. So if our Chief Justice were an Atheist, then he or she would have been biased in his/her personal opinion against all religion. And the same goes for any other world-view. The whole point of the justice system is to have a separate set of rule for the country by which all citizens have to adhere, no matter their belief system. And the role of the justices are to uphold that law no matter their personal bias. In this I must applaud Chief Justice Mogoeng, for this is exactly what he has been doing.
  2. If the left wants to go off on a tangent because Mogoeng is a Christian, then please, be consistent. Go off on the fact that the DA appointed a Muslim MP and complain about the fact that he will be pushing for Sharia law. Are our women going to be forced to wear burkas very soon? Not one word from the liberal left except praise for their choice. Where is the consistency?
  3. Then finally, the fact that people are afraid that a religion will influence our laws is a total joke in itself. Where do they think our laws come from in the first place? Almost all law systems in the world are constructed from religious principles. Most of the western laws are based on Christian values, and look how well it has served them. We no longer have legal slavery in the world thanks to the Christian voice that spoke out against is.

So can the left please just let it go. Religion always has, and always will influence our laws and regulations. Religion always has, and always will be a factor in our moral behaviour and understanding of life. And different world-views always have and always will be competing to have their perception of truth heard. If you want to go off on a tangent because of someone’s personal beliefs, then be consistent and complain about everyone who is set over us. Because no matter who or what they are, they are guaranteed to be biased in their personal beliefs.

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Minimum wage?

A bit of background information on myself: I was born in Malawi (to South African missionaries), and spent my formative years there. I moved to South Africa at the age of 12, but still visited my folks in Malawi regularly over the years.

Malawi HungerMalawi is one of the top ten poorest countries in the world, so growing up I saw a lot of real poverty. Malawi is a country where, if the rain does not fall at the right time of year, then people literally die of hunger. It’s not even like they can beg for food from other people in the village, because no-one has food. In times of hunger, people would swarm in masses to the local missionaries, NGO’s, churches ect. in search of work. They will be willing to work a full day, doing anything required, if that means that they can feed their family a single meal at the end of the day. Now people like my parents, were forced to make extremely hard decisions in those times. Helping everyone was impossible, but how many people can you help with what you have?

Most of my reasoning on this topic stems from my actual experience in life. Growing up with extreme poverty around me, and later, working off study debt and starting a business venture with zero capital.

When it comes to the topic of minimum wage, those in favour (of the concept/law) tend to take the moral high ground and make those opposing it out to be cold-hearted oppressors, who only want to empower the rich at the expense of the poor. The problem is that, if you do not actually sit and run all the real-world scenarios through your head, you will probably tend to agree with those in favour of a minimum wage.

So let’s try a real-world scenario:
Imagine that you have R150 at your disposal, and there are 10 starving people outside your door, all of them are willing to clean your house/garden/car – if you can pay them – so that they can buy food. You are faced with a choice: Will you pay one person R150 to clean your house, and let the others starve? Or will you hire all of them, break the work up in smaller pieces, and pay each one of them R15, so that they all can eat something that night?
If you are pro minimum wage, then you will choose to help just one person, and let the other 9 people starve. How could you!?
Who has the moral high-ground now?

For minimum wage to work, the employer needs to have unlimited funding at his/her disposal, so that the only reason why he will stop hiring people, is because he does not want more expenses, and wants to maximize his profit.
But do all employers have unlimited funding? Or do they stop hiring because they can’t afford more workers? With 60% of our economy comprised of small businesses, I highly doubt that we have a market where employers have unlimited funding. So the only thing that a minimum wage law does, is to cut the amount of jobs. The facts speak for themselves. South Africa is loosing tens of thousands of jobs per year, due to forced wage increases from unions in the various sectors.

Mine workersSo what about the worker? Is it right to assume that they will rather die of hunger than work for what the employer is willing to pay? Are you in their shoes? It is very important to note at this stage, that the people who are protesting for higher minimum wage, are employed themselves. What about those who are not employed? What about those who lost their jobs due to the increase in minimum wage?

I can go on and on with the implications of all this: The entitlement mentality that flows from it, the decay of working ethics and even the complete collapse of an economy in the long run. In fact, I have been writing and rewriting this article over weeks, but as I try to write this blog for casual readers, I decided to rather leave it at that, the core principle.

Julius MalemaMinimum wage is an utopian concept that is incompatible with human nature and a real economy. It would have been nice if no-one had any lack, but due to human nature, this is not attainable in this world. You can’t force financial equality through government intervention, it will never be sustainable.

I will put it to you that citizens should rather be encouraged to help others from their abundance (earned through hard work), rather than being “forced to share”, as our hot-headed red beret puts it.

Deuteronomy 15:11 – “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.”

For further reading on this topic, I really suggest this insightful article by Temba A Nolutshungu about the origin of the minimum wage laws in the world.

Who is to blame for Marikana?

It has been exactly one year since the Marikana massacre, where 34 people were killed on one day. I have already read statements from countless politicians, sending their condolences to families of loved-ones who died at Marikana. All the oposition parties are using Marikana as an example of how the ANC has failed South Africa, they are saying the ANC is to blame. Others are saying the mining company Lonmin is to blame, and even still many are saying the police are to blame. In all of this blame-game-chaos, I find it fascinating that no-one seems to be able to say it like it really is. I believe the facts speak for themselves.

So let’s recap what we know about what happened:

  1. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) organized the strike because they wanted larger salaries.
  2. Somewhere the leaders of NUM started shooting at other NUM members, two miners were injured (11 August).
  3. During the next three days the striking miners started protesting violently with knopkierries, sticks, machetes and guns. They killed police officers and Lonmin security guards, as well as other miners.
  4. The police were now forced to attempt to end the violence (doing their job), so they armed themselves with riot gear, and moved in on the miners, commanding them to end the strike, before more people died. (16 August)
  5. The miners charged the police with weapons and started shooting at the police.
  6. The police were forced to defend themselves, and returned fire, a total of 34 people died that day.

This was a sad day for South Africa, a horrific day which story has been written with blood on the ground of Marikana. Everyone is trying to blame someone.

I will have to go back to the constitution of South Africa now, regarding protests:
“Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions.”
The strike by the miners was unconstitutional and illegal from the start, they were armed and violent. They further violated the constitutions “right to life” by taking the lives of South African servicemen (Police) and security guards who only did their duty.

Everything escalated and ended in a bloodbath. The miners were violent and unlawful, while the police and security guards did their job legally and followed orders. So I am going to state the obvious truth for which some people may hate me: The miners are to blame for Marikana, their blood is on their own hands.

After the massacre, court cases were opened against the police officers who were there, the world attacked South Africa for being violent, and all the opposition parties attempted to capitalize on the bloodbath by attacking the ANC. Yet in all of this I have not heard of one charge being brought, in court or otherwise, to any of the remaining miners, who should be punished for their actions legally.

This story saddens me greatly, firstly because of the loss of precious life, and secondly, because this whole saga just shows the common disregard for the law in South Africa. Everyone tries to defend the criminal and attack the one upholding justice, and this is wrong. As a country we should start backing the law and the law enforcers, and not the criminals and unlawful practise.

I mourn the miners who died at Marikana one year ago, but I salute the Policemen who stood strong and did their job in the face of violent onslaught on peace and on their lives. If I were to meet one of those Policemen one day, I will shake his/her hand and thank them for doing what was the right thing for them to do.

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