Mothlanthe praises judiciary, legislature

2011-12-12 20:22

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Monday praised South Africa's judiciary and legislature, saying they had dedicated themselves to building democracy.

"It is common knowledge that at the heart of any notion of democracy lies the relationship between the executive, the judiciary and the legislature," he said at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, at the lighting of the "Eternal Flame of Democracy" on the 15th anniversary of the passing of the Constitution.

"As a result the key challenge that faced us as a new democracy has been the need to transform these arms of the state to accord with the vision of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, and just society."

Motlanthe said as the key arms of state, the three institutions were responsible for leading the "transformation agenda".

"Let us remember that our democracy as a country owes its birth to all South Africans of different generations, of different persuasions, class, race and gender, who cast their lot in with a vision of a new society, new humanity concerned about the human condition," he said.

  • Bob - 2011-12-12 20:28


  • PeggySven - 2011-12-12 20:41

    Why then are there still quotas on the members of colour and female participation. If it was indeed a non-racial, non-sexist and united society, the only yardstick would be competence. Any other type of interference is nothing but Reverse Apartheid.

  • Samora - 2011-12-12 20:45

    his fingers were crossed behind his back

  • Atholl - 2011-12-12 21:39

    The Constitution has never before been under a more severe threat than today : Freedom of Speech - under threat from the Govt. Property Rights - under threat from the Govt. Children Rights - under threat from the Govt. Education Rights - under threat from the Govt. Security Rights - under threat from many. The hidden message is in the word 'transform' ... does the hidden message mean to transform and threaten more Rights?

  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-12 21:40

    Who you talking about? It cant be South Africa???? Oh maybe yes! Two GREAT up and coming criminal golf players!

  • Alva - 2011-12-12 22:14

    Mothanthe sweetening his marbles?

  • Zion - 2011-12-13 05:35

    What democracy? Democracy a"la Africa?

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