Our Constitution has had adverse outcomes

2017-05-11 06:02

Our Constitution is hailed as one of the best in the world.

This is because it speaks to the tenets of freedom of the press, of expression, of association, assembly and religion.

Ironically, the Constitution seems to benefit by the very people who oppressed others.

Nothing makes the former oppressors feel that they are no longer in power.

However, the Constitution is the guarantor that the Government is implementing its policies.

Fortunately the Constitution takes into consideration the plight of the previously discriminated. This is from its preamble, which reads: “We, the people of South Africa, recognize the injustices of our past”.

All operational structures of the country, from the government and the state are recognised in the Constitution.

Beginning with our rights as individuals, to the protection of society up to and including in the workplace.

This is why attempts are continuing for people’s basic needs to be met.

It is also the constitution which makes sure that all forms of racism are dismantled.

Hence, doors which were closed for people of colour are now opened.

The challenge is resistance to Affirmative Action and the Employment Equity. The disabled were painfully sidelined but also benefit now.

But there is the bad side of the Constitution. Biblically and culturally parents have authority over their children and men are heads of their households.

But here the Constitution contradicts the culture of the majority of the people it claims to represent.

In most of the national groups in the country, corporal punishment was part of their lives.

It is this constitution which took away authority from parents, educators and people with authority.

Corporal punishment was declared illegal and all powers were taken away from the educators.

The consequences are lawlessness, disorder and gangsterism at schools, especially in the Black communities.

There is no order in schools in the West and South Africa is experiencing same after scrapping corporal punishment.

Just as in the West, educators are not respected.

The learners and the department would always look for an opportunity to blame the educator, whenever there is violence among learners.

They would ask: “Where was the teacher?”

If you abandon punishment without realistic alternatives, obviously you give the go-ahead to lawlessness.

After the scrapping of corporal punishment, how are schools, households and communities fairing; worse.

It is our communities that are collapsing and not the politicians’.

Schools are disorderly and havens for criminals. The same applies in our communities.
As a result, people are faced with violence on a daily basis, children, women and grannies are being raped every day.

There are curfews and no-go-areas, as a result of criminals.

Who governs the country really, is it the government elected by the people or criminals?

Children are becoming criminals in front of their parents and nobody can touch them.

Communities cannot protect themselves against criminals as they did in the past.

Witnesses to crime are chased and have to flee and leave their homes.

Vandals, criminals and other lawbreakers are doing as they please because they are enjoying freedom fought for by law abiding citizens.

Law abiding citizens are like orphans, with nobody to protect them, and if they dare protect themselves, death beckons.

Our Constitution is hailed as one of the best in the world.

This is because it speaks to the tenets of freedom of the press, of expression, of association, assembly and religion.

Ironically, the Constitution seems to benefit by the very people who oppressed others.

Nothing makes the former oppressors feel that they are no longer in power.

However, the Constitution is the guarantor that the Government is implementing its policies.

Fortunately the Constitution takes into consideration the plight of the previously discriminated. This is from its preamble, which reads: “We, the people of South Africa, recognize the injustices of our past”.

All operational structures of the country, from the government and the state are recognised in the Constitution.

Beginning with our rights as individuals, to the protection of society up to and including in the workplace.

This is why attempts are continuing for people’s basic needs to be met.

It is also the constitution which makes sure that all forms of racism are dismantled.

Hence, doors which were closed for people of colour are now opened.

The challenge is resistance to Affirmative Action and the Employment Equity. The disabled were painfully sidelined but also benefit now.

But there is the bad side of the Constitution. Biblically and culturally parents have authority over their children and men are heads of their households.

But here the Constitution contradicts the culture of the majority of the people it claims to represent.

In most of the national groups in the country, corporal punishment was part of their lives.

It is this constitution which took away authority from parents, educators and people with authority.

Corporal punishment was declared illegal and all powers were taken away from the educators.

The consequences are lawlessness, disorder and gangsterism at schools, especially in the Black communities.

There is no order in schools in the West and South Africa is experiencing same after scrapping corporal punishment.

Just as in the West, educators are not respected.

The learners and the department would always look for an opportunity to blame the educator, whenever there is violence among learners.

They would ask: “Where was the teacher?”

If you abandon punishment without realistic alternatives, obviously you give the go-ahead to lawlessness.

After the scrapping of corporal punishment, how are schools, households and communities fairing; worse.

It is our communities that are collapsing and not the politicians’.

Schools are disorderly and havens for criminals. The same applies in our communities.
As a result, people are faced with violence on a daily basis, children, women and grannies are being raped every day.

There are curfews and no-go-areas, as a result of criminals.

Who governs the country really, is it the government elected by the people or criminals?

Children are becoming criminals in front of their parents and nobody can touch them.

Communities cannot protect themselves against criminals as they did in the past.

Witnesses to crime are chased and have to flee and leave their homes.

Vandals, criminals and other lawbreakers are doing as they please because they are enjoying freedom fought for by law abiding citizens.

Law abiding citizens are like orphans, with nobody to protect them, and if they dare protect themselves, death beckons.

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