LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Don't waste your votes on parties wanting an 'independent' Western Cape

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A News24 reader, Terrence Grant, writes that the quest for Independence of the Western Cape is doomed to failure. 


I refer to the article What South Africa can learn from Brexit which was written by the leader of The Cape Independence Advocacy Group, Phil Craig.     

The Western Cape's quest for independence is doomed to failure:

Firstly, Section 235 of the Constitution does not state that the people of South Africa must recognise the right of self-determination. All it says is that the people of South Africa are not precluded from recognising the right of self-determination. The exact wording is: 

The right of the South African people as a whole to self-determination, as manifested in this Constitution, does not preclude, within the framework of this right, recognition of the right of self-determination of any community sharing a common cultural and language heritage, within a territorial entity in the Republic or in any other way, determined by national legislation.

In other words, the people of South Africa may give a greater degree of independence to areas like Orania, if they so please.

Secondly, a referendum is not legally binding.

If this was the case, the ANC might use them more. Simply put, in a constitutional democracy, the judiciary has the right to ignore the will of the people.

Thirdly, the United Nations does not have the authority to intervene. If it did, Tibet, Hong Kong and the Palestinian terrorities would have been independent states long ago.

One should not waste one's vote on political parties that have independence as their primary objective.

- Terence Grant, Cape Town.

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