Courting incompetence

Sunday Independent Editor, Steve Motale

It has become a disturbing trend for our overburdened courts to step in and make decisions that ordinarily should have been made by the executive.

Since we are a constitutional democracy, there’s nothing wrong with courts intervening to ensure the legality of the executive’s policies and whether these are consistent with the Constitution.

However, the rate at which our courts are called upon by citizens to force government to do what it has been elected to do – serve the interests of the electorate – is a serious cause for concern.

The post-1994 democratic government track record is littered with examples of citizens having to drag government to court to force it to do the right thing.

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