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Constitution Under Siege - 2011

29 November 2011, 11:02

I've been uneasy for quite some time now. Not because I own a mine or a farm, and not because I own a string of properties which I rent out, but because I fear for our Constitution, and I am hoping that someone could put my mind at rest.

First there was the calls from certain leaders within the ANCYL and their parent organization that the Constitution was standing in the way of true political and economical transformation in South Africa, and hence, it will be amended if need be to suite their goals.

Of course this made everyone a bit queasy, and our Deputy President did his best to calm everyone's nerves.

But sadly, the ANC have just proved to us last week that the Constitution means nothing to them, nor does it really stand in their way for total dominion in the South African political sphere.

They quickly rushed through the much debated Info Bill, and I have to wonder, what will be next?

Sure, I understand that this needs to first be accepted by the General Assembly (correct me if I am wrong please) but again, who has the majority votes there? And do we as the public have any "vote" on this Bill going into action?

The ANC said that regardless of the issue on the table that it's members must vote for it, so how exactly does that fit in with democracy?

What bothers me the most would be that I always knew we had a "pseudo-democracy" but the reality of it never struck home as hard as last week when the Info Bill was passed.

So, what is next? Freedom of Speech?  Will I be able to criticise the corrupt ANC Government in months to come?  Or will I just one day wake up and hear about mines and farms being Nationalized for the greater good of the South African economy and the previously disadvantaged politicians?

I fear that we are witnessing the start of many trials and tribulations for the run of the mill South African because of a small elite manipulating the system to shield them while the steal food out of the mouths of the still disadvantaged and destitute and allow 4 children to die of starvation in one of the strongest economies in Africa.


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