FF Plus: Constitution changes must be transparent

By Drum Digital
10 January 2014

President Jacob Zuma must say what changes he wants to make to the Constitution, says the FFPlus.

President Jacob Zuma must say what changes he wants to make to the Constitution, the FFPlus said on Thursday.

It was referring to comments made by Zuma in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit, as part of the ANC's 102nd birthday celebrations on Wednesday.

"We want a huge majority this time because we want to change certain things that couldn't be changed with a small majority so that we move forward because there are certain hurdles," Zuma was quotes as saying by The Times.

"People talk about a constitution they have never seen. We saw that constitution," he reportedly told hundreds of supporters.

Freedom Front Plus parliamentary leader Dr Pieter Groenewald said changing the Constitution was an important aspect of any election.

All voters in South Africa had to know what changes Zuma wanted to make so they knew for which party to vote, he said.

"If he does not disclose this information, he is being dishonest with voters, and he appears to be a threatened leader who wants to make changes to the Constitution just to protect his own position," he said.

It would also be an insult to supporters of the ANC "of whom it is expected to go to the ballot boxes like donkeys with a carrot dangling in front of their noses, without them knowing what the implications of a vote in favour of the ANC would be".

Groenewald said changing the Constitution had important consequences for prospective investors, and if the president kept quiet about the changes, he could frighten away prospective investors.

"If the president was really earnest about the future of South Africa, he should say which changes he wants to make to the Constitution and the FFPlus will confront him about this in Parliament," he said. - Sapa

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