Debate on Constitution is no attack, says Gwede

2012-07-04 13:21

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said the debate around the Constitution should not be seen as an attack.

Speaking today to the more than 1 000 delegates attending government’s two-day social cohesion summit in Kliptown, Mantashe said the debate was “to make the Constitution a living document that can withstand the pressures of time”.

He said: “It is about demystifying a concept. Sometimes the Constitution is seen as protecting the interests of a minority.”

Mantashe also added indigenous languages should become languages of science and it was a problem that the majority of people in South Africa were often in the cultural minority.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe told the indaba that the judiciary was not under threat.

“The independence of the judiciary is guaranteed and as government we have no intention to interfere with the independence of the judiciary,” he said.

Earlier retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro said South Africa’s legal system could contribute to social cohesion by ensuring fairness.

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