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 The constitution part of SA DNA

2017-09-01 00:00
by MediaVision on behalf of USB-ED

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Frik Landman, Dr Sarah Riordan, Retired Constitutional Judge Albie Sachs and Prof Nick King (EDP Faculty)

The fact that the constitution is there and that people are using it and their rights contained in it is more than a saving grace for South Africa. It is part of the South African DNA - we fought for our rights and gained it.

We are not going to surrender it to anybody, whatever their record is or who they are as individuals.

This is according to retired Constitutional Court judge, Albie Sachs, speaking to participants of the Executive Development Programme (EDP) as guest speaker recently presented by USB Executive Development (Pty) Ltd at the Bellville campus.

"The Constitutional Court has played a huge role in protecting basic public morality in this country. Also, because of the Nkandla decision parliament is now more alive and the portfolio committees are functioning more robustly. It has given more vitality to parliament."

It can be said today that we have a beautiful constitution, but is it only a piece of paper? It is a beautiful constitution in terms of logic, presentation and the language. But there is somethings like non-sexism that makes it unique in the world, a bill of rights and workers' rights.

What is in the constitution is a product of struggle. It means that the significance of it not only depends on the text, but in the people.

"It can be just a piece of paper if we ignore and trample on it. It is up to the people to make the constitution meaningful.

How the constitution came about was not a "walk in the park" and there were many crisis's during the formation of it. People now tend to say that it is the best in the world, but I would rather say it is one of the best in the world," Judge Sachs said.

Listen to the podcast here.

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