Lindiwe Sisulu’s attack on the judiciary is misguided. Not once since 1994 has a government tested the Constitution’s capacity to enable change, but the courts have.
The South African Constitution will not be radically changed or scrapped any time soon. If it was, some politicians would have no one to blame but themselves.
Much ink has been spilled on Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu’s article announcing her candidacy for ANC president by attacking South Africa’s judges and the Constitution. Given its purpose, her article is being treated not as a contribution to public debate, but as a reflection of the state of the governing party’s factionalism. This is accurate but a pity, because the debate over the courts and the Constitution is one that needs to be had, even if politicians misuse it…..more