Our greatest heritage is the Constitution – Thuli Madonsela

2014-09-24 18:00

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South Africa’s greatest heritage is its Constitution, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said.

“South Africans’ national heritage transcend[s] artefacts, historical knowledge, traditional clothes, music, language, the environment and other beautiful legacies from our past ... The country’s greatest heritage [is] ... its Constitution.”

Madonsela said that the Constitution served as a “road map” for the people of South Africa.

She said that when constitutional rights were violated “there must be avenues for vindicating those rights”.

Madonsela also criticised the idea that because she was not a judge the investigations conducted by her office could only result in recommendations that were not binding.

“We all know that you need not be a judge to have power to make binding decisions,” she said.

“[The Public Protector] is one of the levers of constitutional democracy.”

Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa where people are encouraged to celebrate the many cultures in the country and their heritage.

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