A call for the establishment of a constitutional forum by “Fair and Equitable Society NPC”.
The call is brought about by various troubling events in the country. Some of these events have given us reason to believe that our judiciary may be in danger of infiltration by political agendas.
We call for a pro-active approach to safe guard our constitutional democracy. We call for the Establishment of a constitutional forum.
1. With the hindsight of legislative impunity that characterized the years of apartheid rule, legislators of the post-apartheid era were sufficiently wise to establish a watchdog to guard them, against themselves.
2. Thus far, the
watchdog has exceeded expectations in how it has discharged its functions, and
thereby entrenched the project of constitutionalism, such that none will dare
dream of a return of the unconscionable crime of apartheid.
3. As we take
our turn to bow in admiration and decorate the watchdog with accolades, we
should equally and frankly engage our energies and collective efforts to
caution the watchdog against errand ways.
4. None of us
command the individual ability, let alone the wisdom, to single handedly build
skyscraping fences to seclude the watchdog against impermissible penetration.
5. However, the
least that we can do is to sit around a table and talk about the need to
insulate the watchdog against unsavory contamination, by those whose faces none
can fathom, notwithstanding that we know they exist.
6. Please treat
the request with the urgency it requires, not because the watchdog has been
infiltrated or that it is exposed, but because we ought to have had this
conversation 25 years ago.
Sefu P. Sekgala
Fair and Equitable Society