LAWS ENFORCED FOR A BETTER SA
Sihle Brian Makhowana
20 years have gone, laws have changed as Democracy prevailed.
South Africa’s Constitution is the result of remarkably detailed and inclusive negotiations that were carried out with an acute awareness of the injustices of the country’s non-democratic past. It is the highest law of the land and no other law or government action can supersede it.
An interim constitution was first drafted as the country made its transition from apartheid to democracy. Then, in after the April 1994 elections, a new constitution was written in consultation with the public as well as elected public representatives.
This was approved by the Constitutional Court on 4 December 1996 and took effect on 4 February 1997. It is widely regarded as the most progressive constitution in the world, with a Bill of Rights second to none.
It all begun with the 1994 elections which started a new era for South Africa, gave people voices through voting. The right to vote which was denied a large part of South Africa’s population for so long under apartheid has come to symbolise our freedom and the new society we are building.
The foundation of Democracy was laid as voters papers reached the ballot boxes which symbolised a fertile plot that shall allow South Africa to grow into a non-racist non-sexist Democratic country. Laws of the new South Africa have given people the rights which they were deprived of in the old system of Apartheid, the right to choice, movement and freedom of expression were all listed in the not ‘DERSERVING’ list for the majority which were non-whites. “Law change has indeed structured South Africa in a good way, even the Justice system has changed for the better.
“In my 21 years of service in police system, i have indeed seen first-hand change, we nolonger operate in a system controlled by fear and propaganda where wrong is seen as right, the justice system of today is for the people and always it always aims to improve the safety of our people.” Said former police, Inspector Mbambo.
The laws of South Africa changed for the better, opened room for improvement, brought growth into the country and gave all South Africans the opportunity to be economically active through economic empowerment programmes like the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and also enforced acts such as Affirmative action which ensured that the then disadvantaged had equal opportunities and were able to secure employment and hold positions same as the Whites. BBBEE is one of the laws which came into action to bring about economic stability and growth in the lives of the then disadvantaged South Africans, this system has established many business men and women whom today compete in the Economic world and also give back to the communities.
South Africa has grown and transformed since 1994, income levels have increased, education levels are up and many millions of people now have access to many facilities.
“I believe the Laws in South Africa are for the people and protect every citizen, after all everyone is equal before the Law. Our Laws ensure that we are treated equally with dignity and respect. Growing up in a country like South Africa is really a blessing due to that we do not have war fares like countries such as Israel where every day there’s bloodshed people lose their lives and the idea of Democracy is not emphasized.” Said Sanele Mhlongo.
The days of racial segregation, pass laws, mixed marriage act and everything that has to do with one being oppressed are done, 20 years of Democracy have passed but still South Africans continue grow and be united under the dignified laws of the Democratic. It all started with the Laws.