As news spread of the latest legal ruling concerning Gauteng's e-tolls, discussion about paying for roads became, in just one jump, a discussion about civil disobedience. A discussion about whether or not morality is inextricably intertwined with civic obedience.
There is a deep moral (and perhaps even theological) debate to be had here. It goes back to Hobbes, Locke's Leviathan, and even the basic definition of politics. Of course, being South Africa, we're not going to delve that deeply.
This is the 21st century, after all, where our memories are 140 characters long. Instead, we're going to have to examine what consent really means in this country, and how it is all, of course, about our history, and your place in it.
Barney Mthombothi is a subtle, thoughtful guy. He has the type of mind we miss in our journalism, someone who actually thinks about things, and is able to leave his identity behind when he makes his judgments.
To Luthuli House that may just make him a "clever black" who speaks out against President Jacob Zuma. But his first reaction to the e-tolls ruling was to question whether it was moral to obey laws you disagree...