‘We must reform’ – Sisulu stands by statements on the Constitution and the judiciary’

Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Tourism, says she stands by her views in a contentious opinion article in which she criticizes the country’s Constitution and courts.

In a piece published last week on IOL, she focuses on the injustices experienced by South Africans under colonialism and apartheid.

Sisulu also takes a harsh stance against the Constitution and the courts. She wonders how poverty can exist under a Constitution that is revered across the globe, and she wonders if the country’s judicial system needs to be overhauled.

Sisulu told News24 this week that she stands by her words and would talk further on the topic later.

“I stand by what is said in the article. We must make a difference. What good is self-correction if you can’t go back and say, “We did this badly, and we can do it better?” That was a sensationalized piece. We must make a shift.”

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As the reaction over her comments develops, concerns have been asked about why Sisulu, a cabinet minister since 1994, has not brought about the improvements she seeks.

She defended herself, stating she had changed every government agency she had been assigned to manage.

“They haven’t listened to me in the past, have they? I’ve been in government before, and every time I’ve been in government, I’ve changed departments because I have a goal. I am not here only as an ANC member, and I have suffered.”