Story by: Mr Mjekula
Jouberton:LETS TALK ABOUT JUSTICE!
Let me start by greeting the readers of this magazine and thank all the people who contribute in its production and publication.
The reporters, graphic designers, proof-readers, advertisers, copy writers, photographers and the entire editorial team.
You deserve to be appreciated for taking such a fit to bring to the fore, stories of hope, revelation of pain, suffering, and provision of information that will empower us to respond to life’s greatest challenges.
You teach us all about politics, justice, science and technology, the arts and culture.
You also warn us about our own ignorance and promote our talents which are our ticket to a life of earning and learning through the span of our being.
Our date today is an appointment to meet through a conversation about human rights in the age of freedom and the impact of the law, policy, and regulations in the maintenance of our peaceful co- existence.
Before we proceed in conversation, allow me to tell you who we are, what we do, and how we could be of help to you.
I am a manager of “Jouberton Advice and Development Centre”, a community advice office established to advice, support, educate train, and develop people in the efficient use of the law, policies, and regulations to pursue their development. Established on 28th/10/2015, we have already helped more than 1500 clients on a variety of issues from, estates, family law disputes, labor, and consumer disputes and more strongly on preventing gender based violence.
It is because of our involvement in the law that we have an interest in a conversation we are about to embark on. A conversation about the law, politics, and advocacy for the promotion of human rights culture, access to justice, and the people’s right to developmental justice.
This is especially necessary now that we are in the human rights month and want to look at ourselves and how we are performing in this area.
What then do we understand about human rights?
A basic conception of human rights means what we are entitled to from society by virtue of being human and as adopted by all of us in social a compact that keeps us together as civilized people.
The convergence in thinking by the peoples of the world has brought about an important list ofl laws or conventions, chief amongst which where the abolition of slavery and the universal declaration of human rights.
The modern society can now proudly with certainty, confirm a common definition of what it is to be human, dignified, and functioning in an orderly world. Thanks to a rule that outlines the right to life and the pursued of happiness, from which all other human rights found a clearer meaning.
Let us now trace our steps back to developments that remain centered in our memory of what has informed us to choose a month to promote human rights in the context of South African history, African history and that of the world.
What immediately comes to mind is the Sharpville, Boipatong and Langa massacres?
Before and after these events, Africa has experienced genocide in Rwanda,Burundi, Zimbabwe and the horrible murder of Muamar Gaddaffi, Saddam Husein and many more.
All of these are simply a confirmation of an ongoing obsession about control, domination, abuse of humans by other humans in a systematic social engineering plot to influence who controls the world and why they should be allowed to do so.
Hitler, the Kuklux clan and the Broderbund movement believed in the supremacy of white people and their anointment by god to dictate the pace of development of other nations as secondary to theirs.
That by god‘s permission they have the right to abuse, deprive others from accessing the resources of the world so that they can be subservient to them.
What human rights are we talking about here?
The whole nation believes that our current problems are poverty, unemployment, and inequality.
Poverty is a condition in which we have far less than what we need to live on. No roof over our heads, less food on the table, unable to afford good health, having no proper and dignified cloths, lacking basic entertainment and being unable to afford education. All of these conditions deprive a person of his humanness and therefore takes away his basic human rights.
Because excess poverty takes away a person’s dignity and make him/her sees less value in themselves.
A person who feels worthless with no hope, turn to be reckless with their lives and will have no reason to respect the order which significantly is responsible for his/her state of affairs.
They abuse substances; hurt one another, neglect their families, neglect their immediate environment, and become intrinsically dependent on wages, debt, government grants, and family financial support.
A great number of poor people are unemployed with no income from no- where. Having no income makes you feel uncertain of the future.
Because you are poor and that you have no control, even if you have a potential to develop into an effective and productive person, your path takes the direction of either no progress or destruction.
Only in exceptional cases do we find the poor take advantage and making something of their lives.
For the poor to develop especially because the past has produced conditions that practically stunted their development, created an environment in which their poverty grew from the influence of social engineering, society must take steps to accelerate their development, make the rules to repair the damage caused by deliberate rules of deprivation.
The critical human right is:-
• The right to development.
• Equality before the law.
• The right to life
To maintain sanity, government must take steps to build a responsive bureaucracy that promptly delivers quality service to the needy. Basic services, support to development and efficient welfare services to people.
All human rights are basic rights and all basic rights are human rights.
The past must be corrected today and the future be guaranteed through the work we do.