ITS BEEN ten years since the enactment of our Bill of Rights enshrining freedoms such as speech, political association and the right to think, but sadly, little is being done to celebrate South Africa’s crowning achievement. Political parties hate the constitution, judges claim more than their fair share of freedom, and ordinary citizens are left shackled to new laws that erode fundemental rights, like the right to privacy and dissent.
Is South Africa a nation that is free in word only? Are we slaves to parliament and career politicians that have done absolutely nothing to protect civil liberties? In another ten years, we won’t even remember that we had freedom, and in twenty rights will be quaint artifacts, polite nick nacks that we like to keep around to remember the days when we fought for human rights and believed in democracy.
Come on bloggers, I expected a lot more than blank verse and emoticons that wink but never say anything important.
Anybody out there remember Cyril Ramaphosa? The historical legislature and assembly that brought the world’s second national constititution to include “We the People…”