THABO MBEKI: Our constitution gives us a framework of rules that is being threatened
Mbeki's piece comes in the wake of recent attacks on the integrity of the judiciary by another former president, Jacob Zuma, who has also suggested that the Constitution subverted the will of the people
The Constitutional Assembly, democratically elected in 1994, adopted our national constitution on May 8 1996. Accordingly, together as liberated SA we must join hands to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a truly historic document.
During that famous session when the constitution was formally adopted, then president Nelson Mandela made these defining observations: “The brief seconds when the majority of honourable members quietly assented to the new basic law of the land have captured, in a fleeting moment, the centuries of history that the SA people have endured in search of a better future … And so it has come to pass that SA today undergoes her rebirth, cleansed of a horrible past, matured from a tentative beginning and reaching out to the future with confidence.”..