Xolani's Daily Comment

#CellC Banner and Ellen Tshabalala: Are we abusing our courts?

I was looking at these two cases, on the one hand Ellen Tshabalala’s case about the inquiry into whther or not she has the qualification and on the other hand the case we reported on recently about Cell C taking an angry customer to court.

I’m looking at these cases and I’m thinking to myself ‘wait a minute, should this case actually be going to court?’ Or do we have here a situation where people who have deep pockets are abusing the system simply because they can: they’re delaying the system, bullying others and they’re taking what seem to be trivial matters to court.

Surely the issue of Ellen Tshabalala should have been resolved by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications, simply because it is the same committee that employed her!

Even with the Cell C case, we spoke to Muzi Khuzwayo just the other day, surely you have a company that’s taking this matter to court, clogging the system when they should easily have resolved this matter with their customer.

I’m just really worried about the fact that more and more those who have deep pockets are abusing our courts system. I spoke to a legal expert earlier who confirmed that half the things that are in court today should not even be there, these are issues that people should be resolving on their own.

Maybe the courts should come up with a system that previews the matter before it gets on the roll in the first place; there should be a system where courts can determine whether issues can be dealt with on another forum.

As society we need to strike a balance between the right to appear before the court with how courts are abused for trivial matters.

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