The Constitution binds us all: former Justice Mokgoro

15 September 2016 - 13:21 By Penwell Dlamini

Former Justice Yvonne Mokgoro has called on all South Africans to go back to the values enshrined in the Constitution to see how everyone in the country should behave. Speaking at a two-day conference hosted by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection‚ Mokgoro said a country’s soul was reflected in its constitution.Therefore‚ she said‚ the Constitution should remain the supreme law document which drives all conduct of both the state and the people living in South Africa.“Its supremacy means all laws and all conduct inconsistent with it are invalid. Whether or not I appreciate the binding of the Constitution‚ it will be binding. Just as the Constitution protects all people in South Africa‚ it is also binding on all of us‚” Justice Mokgoro said.“These values are applicable to state action and conduct.”The conference‚ held at the Development Bank of Southern Africa head office in Midrand‚ will hear views from former finance minister Trevor Manuel‚ former Nedbank chairman Reuel Khoza‚ Pan-African Capital founder Iraj Abedian‚ University of Witwatersrand professor Edward Webster‚ Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana‚ Anglogold Ashanti chairman Sipho Pityana‚ Vuyokazi Mahlati principal consultant of African Financial Group and former Justice Albie Sachs among others.The theme of the conference is Seeking the Ethical Foundations of the South African Nation.Mokgoro told the conference that social grants given to millions of South Africans were making a great impact‚ but were not good enough to deal with the depth of poverty.“The system of social grants is not sustainable. We must design a more enduring system of addressing poverty...the grant system will not get us there‚” she said.Mokgoro was a judge of the Constitutional Court from 1994 until 2009. – TMG Digital..

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