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David Mabuza – does he have the record to say he won’t tolerate crime?

EWN reports that Deputy President Mabuza spoke out against lawlessness in South Africa at a national prayer event at Ellis Park.

Mabuza urged law enforcement not to spare those who harm woman and children – declaring, “Those who continue to kill, they don’t belong here, they belong in prison.”

However in March, according to The Citizen, Mabuza defended former deputy education minister Mduduzi Manana keeping his seat in Parliament.

“We don’t have a dustbin where we throw people. We correct people. We move with them – that’s what we believe.”

Earlier this month The New York Times published a scathing article about Mabuza, accusing him of misappropriating funds in Mpumalanga in order to further his political career.

The report paid particular emphasis for what this meant for children in Mpumalanga’s schools, opening with a story about a child who went to the toilet, only to narrowly avoid drowning in sewage as the floor crumbled beneath her.

My Take

I tend to go a lot more on what people do rather than what they say. This is part of why I think government shouldn’t have or even attend prayer events.

They always give the impression of doing something, but really it is all words. We want deeds.

When I look at a guy like Mabuza, I see someone going to a prayer event and saying one set of things, after having spent years doing another.

He can say he won’t tolerate violence against woman – but his statement on Manana looks pretty tolerant to me.

He can say that he has particular concern for how lawlessness harms children, but the New York Times reports that as a result of lawlessness in his governance of Mpumalanga, children were being put in danger every time they went to the toilet.

When we put someone in a job in government they’ve got to do it or it won’t get done. You can’t pray crime away – we’ve tried for over two decades now and it hasn’t worked.

This is because we follow where we are led. We may grumble about it, but at the end of the day the ANC is our elected leadership and thus it sets the tone for our country.

If our government has no concern for the law or its duties, how can we expect our people to have concern for the law or their duties?

This isn’t something that you can get from a church, or a prayer rally, being a good person is like being a good anything else, it is all about practice. The more you do good things, the easier it becomes to do good things, the more you do bad things, the easier it becomes to do bad things.

We can have speeches, marches, days of silence, prayer rallies and protests but if we’re not going to do it, is it is going to get done?

If our leaders are practicing doing bad things while saying they’re about doing good things, and that is what see as “working” and “what it takes to become successful” – well what are we going to do?

How deep is our respect for the law going to be when our lawmakers’ respect for that same law looks like lip-service?

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