Constitution must serve people: Nehawu

2012-03-29 19:12

Johannesburg - Trade union Nehawu supports the principle that the Constitution must serve the people and not the other way around, the union said on Thursday.

"If there are legitimate grounds for a constitutional review in order to better the lives of the poor, the union will support it," the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union said in a statement.

"Nehawu notes with concern the pressure that is increasingly mounted upon the judiciary by the media in particular.... This includes the ongoing attacks on members of the bench that are disfavoured or who are not prepared to compromise their independence or yield to this pressure."

The trade union held its national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nehawu rejected criticism by some individuals and organisations of the African National Congress's policy conference discussion documents.

"The union will mobilise its members to swell the ranks of the ANC as a way of implementing our federation's long-standing resolutions," Nehawu said.

"We also welcome the invitation by the ANC president for workers to join the ANC and its leadership structures so as to influence its policy direction."

  • EricksonTL - 2012-03-29 19:21

    The constitution DOES serve the people - it prevents the crooks in government from having absolutely free reign! One of these days, I think, there will have to be an 'arab spring' of sorts among tax payers. As hulle nie wil hoor nie, moet hulle voel.

  • Ang - 2012-03-29 19:41

    Can anyone please help me understand how changing the constitution will better the lives of the poor? No really, I'm interested to know. What part of the current constitution is preventing this? So much rhetoric, so little detail..

      Oscar - 2012-03-30 07:33

      Good question, but you know what the answer is. The issue here is that the ANC wants the constitution to serve them not the people. The ANC is not the people they are a bunch of corrupt individuals pretending to serve the people while raping the country's resources.

      Nigel - 2012-03-30 08:08

      @ darrell, & what qualifies you to comment on these pages, because you are African American you think you have something in common with black South Africans, you are naive....btw did you sign the Care 2 Action petition for better (any\some) education in SA ...if you really care here is the opportunity to do something good, rather than comment based on the color of your skin, here is the link, people all over the world are protesting against the poor education

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-03-30 10:54

      Oscar is on the right track. Our constitution is solid. Of course there have been many amendments over the years, but the ones that the ANC want to make now are a real threat. Its not the constitution that's the problem, it's incompetent, corrupt cadres and greedy cronies that are the problem.

  • Mark - 2012-03-29 19:47

    NEHAWU. What are you? You sound like Gvt spokesmen here!

  • Tsietsi - 2012-03-29 20:34

    When union members 'swell' the ranks of the anc they are given well-paying positions e.g. as ministers, and forget about the working class. Remember the likes of Mantashe, Nxesi, Mdladlana, the list is endless. Look at Blade Nzimande, would you still call him a communist?

  • Stephanus - 2012-03-30 07:58

    Where can I find out what changes they want to make? This story has been going on for quite a while yet I still have no idea what they want to do. Isn't there a simple one pager they released or something saying: We want to do this: 1)..... 2)..... etc.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-30 08:00

    If you want the poor to be truly represented, you will need to do the exact opposite, stop mobilizing support for the ANC, Sheep.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-30 09:23

    Unfortunately, history has shown the intelligent that a good constitutional review does not exist in Africa never has and never will. If the ANC had a successful record or had achieved anything of value over the last 18 years it would be a different story, but the truth is they have managed without any real effort on their part to destroy everything of value that this country had and are set to continue their path of destruction for the foreseeable future. The ANC should remove the plantation from its own eye before trying to remove the imaginary speck in the eye of the constitution. Bye bye freedom hello Zimbabwe.

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