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ANC has no interest in upholding the Constitution

29 November 2012, 08:20

The ANC has no interest in upholding the Constitution or defending the Democracy

The Constitution of our Country was written by some of the great minds of South African politics and was agreed upon by all including the ANC which took most of its points from the 1955 Freedom Charter. The same ANC has reneged from this Constitution and has turned itself into a dictatorial party and thereby seizing away the Democracy from the National Assembly, from the oppositions and South African people as a nation.

While Democracy means the right to free participation of all recognized political parties, persons and none-political parties in the decision of the state, those rights have been slowly remove by the ANC which has asserted itself as the supreme ruler and oppressor of the Constitution and the rights therein.

It’s not difficult to pin point the cases of the violation of the Democracy by the ANC. Even before the days when the young MKMVA members decided to threaten the members of the ANC in Limpopo because they differed on their preference of the leadership of their organization, the ANC has always broke the freedom of citizens of this country and the ANC leadership has failed to rein in those who transgressed instead they supported them. This ANC has even been called by its own as being dictatorial with no consideration of any opposing voice.

The ANC has also threatened to remove and expel their own members in Tlokwe Municipality, who chose to exercise their democratic right by protecting the interest of the people and remove the ANC mayor by a vote of No Confidence. The councilors, with the help of other opposition parties, then went and voted in a new mayor who came from the DA. The ANC National leadership has called this a betrayal of the ANC and has publicly criticized the Tlokwe ANC councilors and threatened them with expulsion after their appropriate conducts.

In the National Assembly things have deteriorated to the worse case of undemocratic behavior by the ANC. The ANC has tried and ensured that the motion of No Confidence tabled by the opposition parties against the President of the Country JG Zuma is blocked. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu also failed to conduct himself as per the Institutional Mandate of his office to be impartial on the debates of the house but instead blocked the motion and siding with his party the ANC. The Speaker decided to stifle the opposition and taking away the opposition’s constitutional right to have the motion debated in Parliament. The Speaker has knowingly refused this debate based on his party reasons and refuses to give it a priority over any other matter in the National Assembly even though he knows very well that it takes precedence over any matter as the President is central to the business of the Parliament. This has led to the failure of the Speaker to exercise his Constitutional duties and has failed to act in an impartial manner away from his own political party.

The Section 102 of the Constitution has given all the political parties in the National Assembly the right to bring a motion of no confidence against the President. This right is not only for the ANC or a ruling party alone. The Chief Whip of the ANC, Motshekga, has described the motion as ‘frivolous’ and opposed it without looking at the Constitutional implications of his utterances and thus breaking the rights of the opposition parties. He later realized that he has broken the law and tried to amend his statement and yet refused to grant the motion priority and rather stating that it can only be debated in February 2013. This has show how the ANC disregards the Parliament, the rules and the opposition parties in the National Assembly to defend the President who think less of the people and citizens of the Country.

Other attempts of tearing down and disregard of the opposition in the Parliament exist in the National Council of Provinces where the ruling party has used its powers to pass bills without the considerations of the opposition parties. On Tuesday, the 27 November, the ANC used its majority to force the much contested Protection of State Information Bill through the council’s special Ad hoc Committee  even after there were some outstanding issues on the bill and after the walking out of the opposition parties led by the Congress of the People and DA.

The opposition parties were given 10 minutes during the meeting to review a 22 page report after much contestation of many points on previous occasions. The Ad Hoc committee chairman Raseriti Tau, who is also from the ANC, has refused to give the oppositions the opportunity to freely participate in the committee by refusing to grant them their right as per Section 70 (2b&c). This leads to another violation of the Democratic and Constitutional rights of the political parties in Parliament.

The ANC plans to destroy what ever freedom and piece of Democracy South Africans still claims to have. They are trying by all means possible to silence any opposing voice that might exist in order to continue on their path of destructive and corrupt manner.

The Congress of the People Youth Movement calls on the support of all South Africans to stop this treacherous, deceitful and destructive behaviour by the ANC and Zuma led Cabinet by supporting the call for a Motion on No Confidence against JG Zuma and his corrupt infested Cabinet.


South Africans are called to join the Congress of the People in the call for the Defence of the Constitutional Democracy and give back the credibility to the National Assembly and ensure a government that is Reliable, Accountable and Incorruptible.

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