Possible changes to Constitution, says Ramaphosa

2016-12-08 11:07
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Denzil Maregele, Netwerk24)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Denzil Maregele, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has hinted at possible tweaks to the Constitution, Netwerk24 has reported.

Ramaphosa said there were those who wanted a review of property rights enshrined in the document. 

"Some say the Constitution has robbed us of a proper land redistribution process. Others would want to look at other clauses. Well, it’s South Africa. Everything is transparent and open for debate," he said in Parliament on Wednesday, at the launch of a book commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. 

The book, Reflections on the Bill of Rights, was compiled by veterans from across political parties who had helped draw up the Constitution. 

They included National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, former DA MP Sheila Camerer, and FF Plus chief whip Corné Mulder.  

Ramaphosa referred to people who say the transformation process has failed, that democracy is under siege and then ask if some things agreed upon in 1996 shouldn’t be reviewed. 

“These are all legitimate questions. We can always reconsider what we agreed upon then.

"However, I’d still want us to handle the Constitution with care. There are many people who see it as a sell-out because there were too many compromises," he said.

"We have to have a good look at the Constitution. Let’s determine where the shortcomings are. Then we can start talking of clauses," 

Ramaphosa paid tribute to those who drew up the Constitution.

"It is an excellent Constitution. There are shortcomings and we might not be quite there yet, but we’ve come a long way."

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