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What is our constitution really worth?

05 September 2013, 11:31

I’ll try to keep this short!

Let’s have a look at a few of the fundamental rights :

Every person shall have a right to life – Great, what about that monster who rapes and kills.  He robs innocent children, women and men of their dignity and life, yet, and so ironically, he has the fundamental right of human dignity and security of person, protecting him against the death penalty or any form of torture or physical punishment.  He gets to spend life (which by South African standards is only 25 years) in prison, receiving excellent medical care, three meals a day and gets to do the odd arts and crafts project.  The only peace of mind there might be is that rape is a persistent problem in our prisons, and that he might receive the same treatment dished out to his victims.

Getting back to the right to freedom and security of person.  Who must enforce this, the SAPS?  The SAPS who has members with their own criminal record?  The SAPS who abuses their authority? Okay, so let’s not generalise, there are members who are loyal and do their job to the best of their ability (with limited resources – like a shortage of vehicles etc).

Political rights – Giving idiots like Julius Malema the opportunity to form his own political circus, oh I mean party, and allowing our country to be governed by a man without a decent education.

Every child has the right to security, basic nutrition and basic health and social services – How our government failed with this one! Our president zips around the country in style with various modes of transportation, while children are deprived of a basic need like food.  We have the budget to change names of cities, and streets, yet we can’t provide our youth with proper medical care. (Don’t even get me started on the state of provincial hospitals!)

This could probably go on and on and on (so instead of keeping you occupied with 100000 words, I’ll try to get to the point) but the point I’n trying to get across is : What is our constitution worth, if we don’t adhere to it, why does it protect people who don’t deserve protection and why does it provide opportunities to those not qualified to receive it...

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