South Africa:The Sassagate Saga – a Belated Announcement of an Earlier Death of the Spirit

analysis By John Clarke

Another sorry instalment in the SassaGate saga took place in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday 6th March. It begged the question: how much longer must the judiciary intervene to remedy executive contempt for constitutional values and principles? Answer: for as long as the ANC does not face the deeper truth emerging from the scandalous executive failures of SassaGate and the Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project (Life Esidimeni). A truth that when Money and Power strike a deal, the real long-term interests of citizens steadily diminish, especially those who are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillities, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? Why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel and will not tell him of his action of battery? – Hamlet, graveyard scene, Act 5 Scene 1 The other day Facebook gave me a facelift by reminding me that it was the fifth anniversary of my friendship with Andrew Feinstein. Since Facebook had marked 6 March 2013 as a day to remember, I thought it appropriate to pay tribute to the brave and…