That’s more like it! South Africa is beginning to show the world how democratic it is and will continue to be, after all, Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as “government of the people, by the people and for people”. Everyone knows that constitution amendment is often a necessity in any democratic government.
And in the face of many challenges being faced in the country, parliamentary leaders have deemed it fit to involve the masses in the country’s constitution amendment, at least to hear their suggestions out and also make them feel that they have a place in the heart of the rainbow nation.
Constitution Amendment: Parliament Extends Invitation To Public
Parliament’s joint constitutional review committee on Thursday extended an invitation to South Africans, asking them to submit changes on any part of the constitution they believe should be reviewed. Section 45 (1)(c) of the Constitution of the Republic Of South Africa stipulates the committee must review the Constitution at least annually.
Meanwhile, written submissions can be sent to Ms Pat Jayiya, Committee Section, PO Box 15, Cape Town 8000; or delivered to W/S 3/091, 90 Plein St. For more information, tel: 021 403 3661, fax 0865 141 638, cell 081 441 0345 or email [email protected]
The closing date for the submission is on May 31 2016. Report said that the submissions would then discussed at public hearings but were unlikely to be heard before the August 3 elections, according to previous meetings on the issue.
Also, copies of the Constitution are readily available from the nearest offices of the department of justice and constitutional development, the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) or from a Multipurpose Community Center.
Following the Nkandla debacle, there have been a public outcry for certain areas in the constitution to be reviewed. Not only the constitution, after Madonsela’s landmark victory in Nkandla saga, she asserted that she would be meeting Parliament to amend the Public Protector’s Act.
The endearing advocate stated that in the course of the ConCourt judgement, certain weaknesses were identified and that her office will speak to the National Assembly to have the identified flaws addressed.