frgavin on September 22nd, 2009

Bishop Bethlehem Nopece of Port Elizabeth was SO right when he said in July 2009 : We do not seek any political correctness, but call upon all people to repentance and change of life and patterns of behaviour for a new character in line with the demands of the Word of God. Our programme is of pastoral care that transforms lives, eradicate poverty, heal the sick e.g. HIV and Aids, remove crime from our streets and build a sound family life in conformity to God’s demands as revealed in the scriptures (Mtt 5:48). Read here.

Power and privilege trump ethics and honour every time

Justice Malala: South Africa has a cultural problem: we have lost our sense of right and wrong, our sense of the proper and the improper. We have lost our sense of shame.


quote An honourable person would apologise and resign from the bench quote

We are sitting with leaders who cannot see the shame in what they do and insist on going on in their offices as if nothing has happened. Leaders are found guilty of the most offensive crimes but, instead of stepping down, they stand brazenly before us and vow to fight the system. They have no shame.

Worse, we have, as a country, pushed down our standards for public morality. In South Africa today, the scum of the earth is allowed in the judiciary and in the highest echelons of our public life.

Earlier this month, Judge Nkola Motata was found guilty of driving drunk. The trial exposed him as not just a drunk but as a law-breaker, a liar, a racist and a bully as well.

Magistrate Desmond Nair found Motata had used racial slurs, including calling metro police officers who arrested him “boere”. He used the phrase “f*** you” at least 10 times and could not even spell his own name. Remember, Motata had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After such a conviction, any honourable man or woman would have been engulfed by shame. They would realise their actions had defiled their office and the trust the public had placed in them. An honourable person would apologise and resign from the bench immediately.

Not Motata, the drunk racist. Instead, walking out of court, he said: “I’ll never say anything. You’ll never hear a word from me.”

He holds all of us in such contempt that he does not feel an apology is in order. He feels entitled to the position of judge and does not realise how much damage he has inflicted on the judiciary, and his colleagues, by his actions. He is so shameless that he has indicated he wants his job back. A man who utters racist slurs is now the defender of our non-racial Constitution. Where is the shame?  Read full article

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