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The Zimbabwean Judiciary is an organ of the bourgeoisie State

02 Apr 2020 at 12:04hrs | Views
The Zimbabwean judiciary is not captured, you can only capture something that is not under your control and bring it under your control.

 The colonial state as founded in 1890 established the judiciary as its key organ. As capitalism was developing, the proletariat emerged as a class, created by the bourgeoisie, these two classes had conflicting economic interests. As Engels observed "but in order that these antagonisms, these classes with conflicting economic interests, might not consume themselves and society in the fruitless struggle, it became necessary to have power, seemingly standing above society, that would alleviate the conflict and keep it within the bounds of " order" and this power, arisen out of society but placing itself above it, and alienating itself more and more from it, is the state ".

Lenin gives a simple definition of the State when he says," the State is a product of the irreconcilability of class antagonism ". For the State to enforce its rule, it relies on its key apparatus (judiciary, military, the police, prisons).

So to argue and say that the Zimbabwean judiciary is captured is to assume that, at some point, the state was advancing the interests society as a whole.

On 18th April 1980, the colonial State was reformed to allow the black majority to participate in the electoral process and coopt the previously disadvantaged into State organs, this was not the transformation of the State. In strict Marxist terms, the Zimbabwean State remains a bourgeoisie State which we today characterize as a Deep State that advances the interests of the looting class.

When we celebrate independence, we do not celebrate the smashing of the capitalist State but rather celebrate that the majority of the oppressed class are now allowed to vote even though the working class in Zimbabwe is forced to choose between two bourgeois political formations, ZANU (PF) & the MDC.

When Senator David Coltart and others argue that the judiciary must be independent, he simply says, it must be independent of the ZANU (PF) control and be firmly in the hands of liberals who today control the MDC. Assuming the Liberals manage to win State Power, this will not resolve class antagonism in our society. Instead, the reformed Zimbabwean State will be firmly be advancing the interests of the imperialist forces.

Just to conclude, the Zimbabwean judiciary is an organ of the Zimbabwean bourgeoisie State as founded in 1890 with the development of capitalism and reformed in 1980. What must be done is for the proletariat to unite, smash the bourgeoisie State and build an alternative, the Socialist State (dictatorship of the proletariat).

The Supreme Court was called to be a referee in a conflict between the bourgeoisie parties who are in competition to loot our resources and to continue to exploit the working class. The working class should not be standing on either side of these two bourgeois parties.

This is a family fight that happens on daily basis,  we always see sons fighting over the family inheritance or chieftainship when ever the head dies. Case in point is the Khumalo kingship, if you are not a Khumalo, you can not claim kingship. So why should the Zimbabwean working class be worried about the  Supreme Court judgment?

Source - Ngqabutho Nicholas Mabhena
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