CONSTITUTIONAL COMMENTARY AND EVENTS

ARTICLES AND STATEMENTS

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ARTICLE: TURNING UP THE BBBEE AND EMPLOYMENT EQUITY HEAT ON WHITE-OWNED BUSINESSES

scalesThe recently published BEE codes and the Employment Equity Amendment Bill (EEAB) can be understood only within the context of the ANC’s overarching National Democratic Revolution (NDR) and its ideology of demographic representivity (DR).

According to the ANC’s 2007 Strategy and Tactics document “A critical element of the programme for national emancipation should be the elimination of apartheid property relations.” This would require, inter alia, “the de-racialisation of ownership and control of wealth, including land”; and “equity and affirmative action in the provision of skills and access to positions of management”.

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ARTICLE: CONFUSING RACIAL PREJUDICE WITH LANGUAGE RIGHTS

languageRemarks made by Prof Jonathan Jansen – Rector of the University of the Free State – in the Percy Baneshik Memorial Lecture to the English Academy of South Africa on 18 September, have caused a furore in Afrikaans cultural and educational circles. They have been widely interpreted as a call for English-only education and as a claim that “Afrikaans-exclusive or even Afrikaans-dominant white schools and universities represent a serious threat to race relations in South Africa”.

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ARTICLE: HERITAGE AFTER HERITAGE DAY 2013: CULTURAL TACTLESSNESS

culture The recent statements made by Arts and Culture Minister, Paul Mashatile, as well as Pretoria/Tshwane executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa – only three days after South Africa celebrated Heritage Day – raise questions regarding their commitment to the Preamble of the Constitution to “heal the divisions of the past” and that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity”.

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SPEECHES

EVENTS

THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB ZUMA

On 11 August 2023, after serving just over an hour in the Estcourt Prison, former president Jacob Zuma was granted a “special remission” and walked out of prison a free man thanks to the transparent intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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STATEMENT ON THE TAXI STRIKE IN THE WESTERN CAPE

The FW de Klerk Foundation strongly condemns the intimidation of people, the damage of property and the general violence associated with the current taxi strike in the Western Cape, led by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). The Foundation urges all parties involved to resolve the dispute in a constructive manner, abstain from any further acts of violence and respect the Rule of Law.

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BRIDGING THE GENDER GAP THIS WOMEN’S DAY

According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2023, South Africa stood unchanged from its 20th position in the world in terms of gender equality. The report noted that South Africa had “closed more than 70% of the overall gender gap”, but that it would “take 102 years to close the gender gap”.

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES