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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The oppression of one by another

The South African Constitutional Review Committee is currently entertaining a proposal from the House of Traditional Leaders to scrap the "sexual orientation" section from the bill of rights contained in Chapter 2: “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”
Same say that this is a good idea. Some say that it's a bad idea. Divide and conquer is what's happening and the truth is, with every 'story' there are more then two avenues of thought. By scrapping the section the ANC is heading towards what they want, that is too change every part of the constitution that they deem is not needed. Like the 'sunset clause.'
More worrying is the 'use it or lose it' mentality. For example, a farmer has 200 hectares with vineyards, however, there is clay as well. So the government is now saying that this farmer must stop cultivating wine and start making bricks, or he will loose his land. What is this? Clearly freedom of choice. But there is more. If the ANC continues with scrapping of various sections of the constitution at whim, then, no doubt this will be scrapped as well.
Should we continually bury our heads in the sand? I always ask: What will it take for the people of the Cape of Good Hope to finally decide that they have had enough. That we are gatvol?

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