Calling for a fair justice system

This is my update to the letter I first wrote back in April (“Challenge Ou Kaapse stop”, People’s Post, 24 April) regarding the confusing newly installed stop street at the bottom of Ou Kaapse Weg and the fining of those who have been caught in this situation.

I have had many replies to my original letter and so would like to share what I have learnt.

Many people have been fined R1500 and upwards for a truck lane signage that was not clear for the motorists coming down Ou Kaapse Weg.

After many complaints to the traffic department the signage was changed recently as it is dangerous to have confusing signs while travelling at speed.

But alas the “justice department” still maintains it is “right” in fining those who were caught in this situation and is still enforcing those fines under threat of imprisonment and criminal record, even though the signs where changed thus evidence that the “law” is incorrect.

So once again the “law’s” self-righteous stand is to itself and justice (which means fairness) is denied to the innocent people caught in this situation.

On 25 June Helen Zille made a statement that made front page news saying “we must also look at laws that facilitate and legalise corruption”.

At the same time Thuli Madonsela said, “We also need to start collaborating to stop corruption. Corruption is not done by one person alone. We should collaborate against those who are corrupt.”

Any system that ignores justice to the innocent to enrich itself is corrupt and those who uphold these laws need to be stopped. The magistrates and judges in the South Peninsula who have been dealing with these cases are fully aware of these recent changes to the signage but still maintain it is the law and therefore have chosen to persecute the innocent people in favour of their own allegiance to corruption. They do not see the value in the people but value the system they have chosen to give allegiance to.

There is no difference to the laws that keep corrupt governments and politicians in power, to those that separated races out of hate or to those that fine and imprison innocent people out of “self righteousness”. They are Evil.

All our laws need to be re-looked at because so many are corrupt and are not serving the people of this country, but only the elite who maintain them and enforce them.

The innocent should not be required to defend themselves against an “evil system”. The system should be serving the people and not the other way around.

Laws are not “real”, for they have no reality. They are but man made beliefs and therefore can be changed and must be if we truly want change to happen in our world. But they are placed above us (who are real), to condemn, to judge and attack, and to torture us through fines and imprisonment. For imprisonment and fines are forms of torture.

If the “justice system” was fair there would be no need for crime for all would be fairly shared. It is only when the law attacks us personally do we see the insanity of the system and all those who uphold it.

With more and more laws being forced upon society do we see less crime, less rape, less murder, less poverty, less theft, or less corruption? No. We are actually seeing more.

So though this letter is for a traffic fine it has much greater implications, ones that society would do well to address if it wants to be healthy.

South Africa is a beautiful land filled with beautiful people. When we choose to stop judging, hating, condemning or attacking each other then what need is there for man’s laws. To share fairly is sufficient. The very meaning of justice is fairness.

Martyn Taylor Simons Town