Congress of the People president Terror Lekota speaks during a pledge signing ceremony
in March 2009. (Werner Beukes, SAPA)
Johannesburg - South Africa's Constitution unites the nation
and should not be changed, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on
Anyone who wanted to change the Constitution should be
"examined", Lekota said at an election debate with other political
party leaders in Johannesburg.
"President [Jacob] Zuma has said he needs enough votes
so he can amend the Constitution. I can tell you he doesn't even know what he
wants to change."
Shortly before former president Thabo Mbeki was removed from
office by the African National Congress, a large part of the national debt had
"The national debt shot up again in less than five
years, taking the country several steps back," Lekota said.
Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko
said Zuma was indecisive and lacked political leadership.
At least 1.4 million more people were unemployed than in
2009 when Zuma took office.
"Zuma wouldn't take decisive decisions because that
requires picking a side," she said.
"Although he has endorsed the National Development Plan
this has shaken the tri-partite alliance to the core."
Introducing sweeping economic policies to eradicate
unemployment and promote economic growth would be detrimental to his political
survival, she said.