Op-ed: South Africa’s problems lie in political negligence, not its Constitution

By Penelope Andrews, 6 July 2017
Photo credit: Pixabay
Photo credit: Pixabay
South Africa is witnessing another wave of disillusionment with the constitutional arrangement that followed the end of apartheid in 1994. As the country advances towards the third decade of democracy the sentiment is that the constitution is an obstacle to meaningful economic transformation. It’s roundly criticised for putting a brake on much needed wealth redistribution, following centuries of colonialism and apartheid oppression of the black majority. The author argues that the problem does not lie in the constitution’s failure to deliver “radical economic” transformation, but a lacklustre government that has forgotten its promises – first adopted in the Freedom Charter and then again in the constitution.
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