DA Youth reveals new Constitution poster

2012-03-26 15:36

Johannesburg - A new Democratic Alliance Youth poster showing the SA Constitution being burnt was revealed on Monday.

The unveiling of the new poster, in the DA Youth's "In our future" campaign series, coincided with a sit-in by the party at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.

The poster features an image of the Constitution burning, with the caption: "In our future the Constitution will reign supreme."

DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said the sit-in and the poster highlighted "current threats" posed to the Constitution.

‘Constitution will reign supreme’

"This poster makes two points. The first is that there is a clear and pressing threat posed to numerous elements of the Constitution," Gana said in a statement.

"The second is that, in the DA's future, the Constitution will reign supreme as the ultimate law in South Africa. There will be no person or body above that law, and it will be fiercely protected."

He said the threats to the Constitution were "starkly illustrated" by a recent ANC policy document.

"This document, which proposes a number of constitutional amendments, represents the largest assault on the Constitution witnessed in our country to date, and is a complete derogation of the principles of constitutional democracy," he said.

"Another much discussed proposal linked to this document is the ominous decision by the ANC to review the Constitutional Court's decisions."

He said the ANC-led government had failed, and the DA Youth would not allow them to blame the Constitution for its shortcomings.

"The ANC asserts that the Constitution has proven inadequate for social and economic transformation.

This is simply a front to hide the fact that the real obstacle to enabling redress in South Africa is not the Constitution, but the ANC itself."

Mixed race couple

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the ruling party respected the Constitution.

"This is a Constitution that came with the ANC. We are not saying any willy-nilly person with a hangover can change it. All constitutions have amendments, and it all comes through a majority," he said.

"The Constitution is an enabling document, and if we all agree to change one, two and three to effect transformation and help people, why is that a problem?

"Every time the ANC even mentions the Constitution it is a problem. It is not the DA Youth who brought this Constitution, they can go jump in the nearest lake."

A previous DA Youth poster caused an uproar on several social media sites earlier this year. It showed a young mixed race couple in an embrace with a caption reading: "In our future you wouldn't look twice."

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-26 15:43

    Indeed it will...even the ANC promised us the same thing in 1994...

      Poloyatonki - 2012-03-26 16:21

      I didnt konw that DA has a youth league.

      JungleJim - 2012-03-26 16:29

      polytonki everyone has a league but they all try copy the mithy ancyl so it looks stupid

      Patrick - 2012-03-26 17:04

      @ JungleJim - do you mean "mighty" instead of "mithy"? Or should we just go with mithy?

      Isabel - 2012-03-26 17:47

      Isabel - March 26, 2012 at 17:45 Report comment Poloyatonki - why would anyone in their right mind want to copy the shambles that is the ANC? THEIR Youth League is a joke. It does nothing but talk and shout about that moron Malema. You guys just can't stomach intelligent opposition.

      Oom - 2012-03-27 02:53

      @Junglejim at least the DA's youth league isn't about looting, burning and destroying

      claudevn - 2012-03-27 08:39

      @ Poloyatonki: Indeed, there is a DA Youth league... Only difference is, they understand that they are ONLY A YOUTH LEAGUE... and still have the ability to exhibit discipline, and that once you listen more than you talk, you may just learn something from the elders... Just saying, just because EVERYONE knows of the ANCYL cos of their ignorant rantings on media platforms on a daily basis, doesnt make them anything more than they are... A YOUTH LEAGUE lol

  • Philip - 2012-03-26 15:43

    I simply love it.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-03-26 16:08

      I think the DA will make a great impact in the next elections. I can't wait! They are just the right party to vote for!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-03-26 16:14

      @ Poloyatonki - They will never do that and you know it. Those days are long gone! Voting for the DA will uplift this country... Black and White.

      Twain - 2012-03-26 16:25

      Poloyatonki, there's a limit to how stupid one can be. I think you've reached it.

      Carlton - 2012-03-26 16:57

      Now why on earths 'blue' seas would they do that. If you disagree with them, don't vote for them simple. No need to go out and make-up fairytales. You can vote for COPE, PAC, AZAPO, ACDP, FFP, IFP, NFP, UDM ect Educate yourselves politics goes far beyond ANC and DA I blaim the national broadcaster.

      lee.farrington - 2012-03-26 18:50

      @ Poloyatonki and you seriously think that the ANC hasn't? They have divided this country under the guise of democracy than the Nats ever did.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-26 15:48

    The Constitution came with the ANC? Really? Or are the ANC choosing to forget history thats so recent?

  • Carlton - 2012-03-26 15:50

    I like how the DA Youth know thier place, they work within the party structures, and say things that are relevant to SA. 2014 30%, rise the blue wave rise.

  • Dylan - 2012-03-26 16:01

    Key indicators of a rising dictatorship: 1) 'Makes changes' to the constitution and 2) 'Monitor' the press.

      Isabel - 2012-03-26 17:50

      Don't forget judicial independence too Dylan. They've also got their beady eyes on that!

  • Jeffrey - 2012-03-26 16:22

    "It is not the DA Youth who brought this Constitution, they can go jump in the nearest lake." A real intellectual our Jackson. That is the sort of response one can hear on any primary school playground.

      Tony - 2012-03-26 19:20

      Jackson Mthembu, as a spokesperson, is certainly not proving himself as a orator of any kind. Firstly, the constitution belongs to us all and secondly, anyone who fiercely protects the constitution of our country should be praised by all. Unless of course they have ill intentions. Makes you think.

      e???fa??? - 2012-03-26 22:03

      is there anything false about that?

  • Eric - 2012-03-26 16:23

    Like the anc youth league the da youth league can only do things in line with da policies. the ANC/PAC amongst others fought to get the most liberal/democratic constitution in the world in place. not the np under the disguise of the da.All constitutions all over the world are open for change by the majority like it was put in place by the majority. so what is the da scared of.

      Angle - 2012-03-26 17:20

      Sorry Eric, you'll find that the DA’s policies and philosophy emulates the premise of the constitution far greater than any other South African political party. That’s probably because DP Leader Colin Eglin wrote the constitution – didn’t you know?

      deidre.baartman - 2012-03-26 17:41

      Every political party, various civil organisations and other necessary role players had input into our Constitution. That's why it took 2 years to complete because they tried to reach CONSENSUS as far as possible. Changing the Constitution would be a catastrophe to our Democracy and I applaud the DA Youth for standing up for the rights of all citizens in our country. They might not have the majority vote, but they still fight for the rights of the youth and our country.

  • Kmalebye - 2012-03-26 16:25

    our country is now facing different situations is was facing 20 years ago and then the current constitution was relevant to to issues that were at hand but today we are faced with different dynamics in our life time and it is prevalent that our constitution is enable to give guidelines to our difficulties in dealing with unemployment,underemployment,labor relations issues,international relation issues,social issues,health,,security,education etc that will at the end benefit or nation weather you are red,orange or green and i think the Anc is quite right in some of its policy discussion documents but the only thing they must not touch or try to limit people to is freedom of speech and opinion to its people and more especially to the media of this country that has over the past 10year help a lot in fighting corruption in government.

      Marion - 2012-03-26 16:38

      The constitution is not there to give guidelines to difficulties such as unemployment etc., That is what the government is supposed to come up with on its own / in consultation with interested parties.

      Mike - 2012-03-26 17:06

      Kmalebye you have never read the constitution and neither do you understand what a constitution is, having read your comment, first read the constitution and then comment instead of throwing nonsense at us.

      Stephan - 2012-03-26 17:12

      Kmalebye, if changing the constitution will achieve these objectives I would be all for it, but it won't. The constitution deals with your rights as a citizen. It gives you rights. If anything changes, it will take away some of your rights. For instance, the ANC is talking about property rights clause in the constitution. That will not only count for farmers, but for all South Africans. As soon as that clause is taken away, no-one can be sure of their prperty rights, including you. The other thing they want to change is the media freedom clause, which just means that you as a member of the public will not have the right to know what your government is doing..

      Tony - 2012-03-26 19:27

      The constitution does not make or contain the laws of the country, it sets the guidelines and framework within witch the laws are made by the ruling party, thus protecting the rights of all people in the country. The ruling party, being the majority party, can make the laws they want, as long as it is fair to all. The only reason why one would want to change the constitution is if you want to make laws that are not fair. Nearly 20 years after the end of apartheid rule, why would you want to go back there?

  • zipho500 - 2012-03-26 16:37

    In our future the DA will never rule this country

      JungleJim - 2012-03-26 16:46

      i hope you mean our ancyl future. we demand your votes at manguang

      Dominique - 2012-03-26 16:56

      then you have no future my friend.

      Tisetso2 - 2012-03-26 19:28

      So said Gadhaffi, Sadam , Mubarak and others. A day before yesterday IFP said the same thing. ANC's days in govt are numbered.

      Generaal - 2012-03-27 08:36

      @Zipho: And you will allways remain stupid, oops, I mean Zipho. Now go get that fingerprints in your nose checked to if they match the prints on the stolen computa in front of you

      Irene - 2012-03-27 08:41

      zipho500 ~ You sure have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-26 16:45

    Good poster but I can already see how this is going to be misread by certain voters.They will look at the picture without reading the text.

  • siyasanda.m - 2012-03-26 17:19

    Just because the ANC came up with the Constitution does not mean it belongs to them. That is South Africas Constitution, everyone has a right to say what goes in and out of it. Once again the ANC portraying dictatorship.

      rowan.maulson - 2012-03-26 18:15

      The ANC did not come up with the Constitution, they had a hand in helping to draft it that is all. It is not this miracle document that they brought forth on their own at all.

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-03-26 17:23

    Hao, that would be a time when moving from jozi to cpt warrants one to be called a refugee.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-26 18:51

    Is it written somewhere that, within a party system of government, the opposition should always be REACTIVE? Does being PRO-ACTIVE sound too revolutionary? One would expect a bit more clambering out of the box from our youth. At least the DA youth seems positive, opposed to the leaden negativity of the ANCYL.

  • Vince.York - 2012-03-26 20:43

    A cabal of less than a million card holding autocratic thieves holding the entire country to ransom, and threatening even worse to follow. SA citizens need to wake up really fast from their apathy and mobilize against the changes that are about to unfold around them with devastating consequences under tribal chieftains and demigogues, OR IS SA ACTUALLY NOT READY FOR DEMOCRACY AFTER ALL?.

  • Sam - 2012-03-27 13:18

    So first we get what is essentially a DA press release posted as news and then when I criticize the DA News24 deletes my comments. Are you guys trying to position yourselves as the mouthpiece of the frightened white minority or what?

  • isaac.nkwaliyenkosi - 2012-03-29 09:41

    Some changes in the Constitution are good but others are bad like the inclusion of Infor. Protection Bill, these corrupt leaders say the majority has voted for this bill while they didn't even go to this majority, because this majority they are talking about-the majority that has put them into powers does not understand this system of democratic government and even how the government generates its income which is the tax payers money, so that's why these corrupt, pathetic idiots who deem themselves as leaders find it easy to steal from government, they are using this majority because they know this majority is going to vote for them, I am black but I will never let the "black, corrupt idiot" to play with my vote..........

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