Thyagaraj Markandan
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22 Sep 2021
06:30

Letters | No mercy for an old man

Thyagaraj Markandan

They have turned me down again. Time after time, they have spurned me. Have they no mercy for a sick old man who has one foot in the grave?

LETTER:


They have turned me down again. Time after time, they have spurned me. Have they no mercy for a sick old man who has one foot in the grave?

Not a white judge but a black judge, my own kind, and a woman to boot, tells me that my application against my prison sentence does not meet the necessary statutory requirements and is therefore dismissed with costs.

What must I do now? Fall at her feet? Me, such a big and powerful man, a former president, to bow down to a woman? Aikona! I will not stoop so low and humiliate myself. My forefathers would be ashamed of me. They would rise from their graves and scowl at me.

What democracy is this that shows no compassion to a sick 79-year-old man who wants to spend the rest of his days peacefully with his family?

Is this the democracy I fought for? This is not an enlightened democracy but a constitutional dictatorship.

What democracy is this that shows no compassion to a sick 79-year-old man who wants to spend the rest of his days peacefully with his family?
Is this the democracy I fought for? This is not an enlightened democracy but a constitutional dictatorship.
Thyagaraj Markandan

I have friends in government but not in the judiciary. It was my friend Arthur Fraser, whom I appointed commissioner of Correctional Services when I was in power, who granted me parole.

But the DA is not happy with his decision. It has filed a court appeal to overturn my parole.

How nasty can the party be?

Knowing the courts, how they have been waging a vendetta against me, I am pretty certain that they will grant the DA its wish.

How then do I get out of this dilemma?

I’ll play sick and when I am out, I will be up on my feet and sing my song Umshini wami, and perhaps even join Schabir Shaik in a round of golf. Then they will have egg on their faces.

I wish I had friends in the judiciary. It would have been so much easier.

THYAGARAJ MARKANDAN

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