South Africa: Luthuli House Functionaries Are Critical of Constitutionalism

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The ANC-led alliance does not regard the Constitution as the end goal of its endeavours. It is instead a 'bridgehead' in the ongoing revolutionary struggle towards victory in the national democratic revolutionary striving for hegemonic control of all the levers of power in society.

There is no doubt that the Constitution of South Africa is a transformative document, a framework for creating a "better life" for all, united in diversity, and a set of values and principles to guide the country and its public administration in that direction.

While the word "transformation" is nowhere to be found in the Constitution itself, a conspectus of what it sets out to achieve, taken together with what preceded it, makes it pellucid that transformation is at its heart.

In the old South African parliamentary sovereignty, Balkanisation of the country in pursuit of an ideology of separation of arbitrarily assigned racial and tribal groups and authoritarian "rule by law" were the order of the day.

In the new South Africa, there is a unitary state in which the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law hold sway. These are the greatest and most abiding transformations effected pursuant to the National Accord which...

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