For a warm, generous, affluent and peaceful nation, we must choose liberty as the most important human right, writes Temba A Nolutshungust off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." — Nelson Mandela. The consequences of South Africa’s self-inflicted, morally corrosive malady of not respecting the separation of powers and blatantly undermining the rule of law (as witness the fact that others are above the law) is manifesting itself dramatically. When others appear exempt from the judicial process, the message sent to career criminals is that if crimes committed by those who hold public office are condoned, there may not be anything morally deterrent or reprehensible about pursuing criminal objectives. Those of us who subscribe to an articulated vision of a country that all would be proud of are concerned that the essence of a nonracial South Africa is being forgotten in another less noble struggle. A struggle to utilise political power t...

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