Constitution under threat - Ndungane

2012-06-28 14:38

Johannesburg - Right-thinking and morally just South Africans must be vigilant against ominous threats to the Constitution, former Archbishop of Cape Town Njongonkulu Ndungane said on Thursday.

He said the country's constitutional democracy was being threatened by "ominous signs", including proposed legislation.

"These threats include legislation such as the so-called 'secrecy bill', the SAPS Amendment Bill, the Legal Practice Bill and the Traditional Courts Bill, all of which contain elements that do not sit comfortably with our Constitution."

Ndungane was speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate of literature.

  • Matthew - 2012-06-28 14:54

    Yup.and no one will or can do anything about it.Please proove me wrong.the sad thing wont be able to

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-28 14:57

    It's only the ANC that always threatens our country's constitution. Why is that?

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 15:33

      Because they are in the dwang if they lose the next elections. They want power at all costs, and the citizens will pay! Vote DA to stop the anc totalitarian hegemony!

      Press - 2012-06-28 15:37

      Yes beware this so-called second coming that the ANC and its cronies are trying to force on us . . . . the Arch is right.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 15:02

    When the ANC propose to make changes to the Constitution it is not to benefit us but them (ANC). Either to protect themselves or to win favour from certain sectors (Traditional Courts Bill).

      Christelle - 2012-06-28 15:38

      It is about dangling a carrot in front of its largest support group - the uneducated and jobless. They have been doing it for 18 years and in 18 years they have done nothing to improve the lives of this group. However, the hope still lives on. It is blind, loyal faithfullness to a freedom movement.

  • ted.muusha - 2012-06-28 15:09

    While I agree with the right-thinking Arch, I would also want to remind him that the Constitution we have did not come on a tablet of stone. It was crafted by us and can be amended by us when we deem it fit to do so. We can not fear our own creation. If it stops serving our needs, it has to be revisited. I just want to remind people who now see the document as untouchable to broaden their view of this subject rather than just attacking anyone who faintly or directly refer to an addition to or amendment of this important document. Usually the attacks are based on sheer ignorance of constitutional matters.

      phumi.ntlabati - 2012-06-28 15:13


      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 15:13

      NO, if you look at the changes wanting to be made, they reek of suspicion. Not one change actually benefits anyone other then the ANC..

      Dee - 2012-06-28 15:20

      That is true Ted. However - Connecting the dots between 1. SAPS & Security bills 2. Judiciary independence 3. Media freedom ..... together these are very, very, very 'ominous signs'. Where non-partisan independence of these is changed to serve power of 1 party or person, you have old Nationalist party and Zanu-PF conditions. The Arch is concerned & warning about YOUR hard won liberties. His advice is worth listening to.

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 15:38

      The changes are not going in the right direction. They are blatantly serving the narrow needs of the anc fat-cats and not the people.

  • Shaka - 2012-06-28 15:13

    I'm left feeling ancy because of the ANC [sic].

  • mathinjwa - 2012-06-28 15:18

    Look who is talking. Did he provide for the poor old lady he has left destitude after she looked after him all these years.

  • Sannie - 2012-06-28 15:19

    The archbishop must shut up and go home. The same constitution is being used to prevent the majority of the population from benefiting on the mines and farms of our forefathers.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 15:25

      Hahahaha!! Whatever..

      altusvanzyl - 2012-06-28 15:31

      What mines?? You mean the green grass in congo ya go have that lmfao

      matt.ratcliffe.796 - 2012-06-28 15:33

      Hahaha if you think you're going to benefit anymore than you are now if these changes occur, you are an ignorant fool. And one day you'll look back at your mistake, just like we have been forced to do, and regret it. There is hope, the new genration is emerging, and we are all South Africans, born into a free South Africa. Adapted to the cultures & traditions and tolerant of one another.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-06-28 15:36

      Nothing stands in your way to buy a mine or a farm, but it won't be free. People have little respect for anything you get for free, that is why so few "BEE" farms are a success (less than 10%)

      Christelle - 2012-06-28 15:41

      Sannie, with what did your forefathers farm? And as a matter of interest, what did they mine?

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 15:41

      Name one mine that your forefathers worked down or one farm that you forefathers ploughed! You cannot!

      Juan - 2012-06-28 16:09

      Which mines did your forefathers have? Gold is mined a few kilometres deep under the ground. Did your ancestors do that too?

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-06-28 15:26

    As much as we respect the Arch but we will never and never again give into the demands that seeks to promote the narrow interests of the neoliberals that this compromise of a constitution seek to promote. In their policy deliberations throughout the conference they dare not betray the popular aspirations of ordinary South Africans who continue to pin their wishes on the progressive policies of the ANC! Whatever the Arch says at the end of the day it is the will of the people that should win and not of some pope or any other reactionary force!

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 15:42

      And the people will starve!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-28 15:47

      Have you read the constitution? No. So you just parrot what you have been told? Yes.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 15:30

    "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" Henry II referring to Thomas Beckett. Since so many school books have recently been destroyed, I thought I'd do my bit for education .......

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-06-28 15:39

    The ANC Brought Democracy in our Country, they have the Majority vote. If people don't want the constitution to be changed they need to vote against the ANC. So Mr Godly son leave politics to Politics and go preach to your faithful people about the coming of Jesus since the ANC is going to rule until Jesus comes back ok

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-28 15:46

      Comments like this deserve an 'around the world' /facepalm

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-06-28 16:56

      Drop dead and take the ANC with you.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-06-28 16:51

    The Constitution has always been under threat and will remain so because those in power/ANC want to be able to do as they please by stealing and enriching themselves and the uninformed will keep voting them into power. We are another Black African country where communism rules and where the rich can buy protection and favoritism from all laws

  • Kenny Bianco - 2012-06-29 02:26

    The Arch is speaking on behalf of White English Speaking, dual citizens, paranoid colonialist chamelions

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