Public Protector is no Esther; she must abide by the law

- | 3 months ago

When the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane invoked Esther, the Biblical queen who stood up to speak for the Jews in exile in Persia even though it was against the law and meant that her life was at risk; the ombudsman implied that is what she will do; break the law to stand up for what she believed in.

In the apartheid years it was regarded to be right to stand up and break unjust law because the laws were undeniable unjust and regarded as such by the rest of the world. I remember many journalists who had to get security clearance for Parliament in the post-apartheid era and had to answer a question on whether they have ever been arrested, who would proudly stand up and say; ”yes I broke the law, I was arrested”; it was a badge of honour.

In the new South Africa with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that is regarded as one of the best in the world; the idea is ludicrous that breaking the law means you are defending some kind of virtuous ideal and that Mkhwebane was fighting evil.

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