FMF NEWSLETTER 13 JULY 2017
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This week’s feature article by Martin van Staden examines the issue of proposed amendments that would cause irreparable harm to SA’s Constitution. The temptation to make changes to the Constitution reflect short term thinking whereas constitutions are based on a long-term view of principles of sound governance. Van Staden elaborates on aspects of the rule of law and deals with examples of proposals to amend the Constitution. The Constitution is intimately linked to the vision of the kind society into which most South Africans would like to see the country develop. If that vision is to be realised the Constitution must be protected and allowed to play the important role of defending the people against authoritarian government.
Reckless amendments to the Constitution will be illegal – MARTIN VAN STADEN
Calls to chop and change our Constitution amount to little more than spur-of-the-moment political kneejerks. If those calls are effected, they will be contrary to the rule of law and therefore void. South Africans should respect the Constitution as an inflexible statute meant to endure for generations.
Section 1 of the Constitution, the ‘founding provisions’, can, in a way, be described as the ‘constitution of the Constitution’. It provides the basis for the rest of the Constitution and can only be amended with an historically-elusive, two-thirds majority in Parliament.
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Publish date: 13 July 2017
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