Serjeant at the Bar | We stand at critical point that could damage Constitutional democracy

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We need to be vigilant to try guarantee our long term survival of our constitutional model, argues the author.   Picture: Felix Dlangamandla
We need to be vigilant to try guarantee our long term survival of our constitutional model, argues the author. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

The legal system in general and the judiciary in particular continue to be tested, but it is the weaknesses in the system's components that should fill us with anxiety, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

It is now some three weeks since President Cyril Ramaphosa told a stunned nation that the violence that engulfed parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng was an insurrection designed to topple the constitutional democracy for which millions had fought and many thousands had died for.

For the President to appear on national television and make this claim reflected the most severe crisis that the country has encountered since the dawn of democracy in 1994, in that a considered leader like Mr Ramaphosa does not make such a claim without clear justification. 

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