Civil society organizations have slammed Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu for her “attack” on the judiciary in a recent opinion article.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution, Corruption Watch, Defend our Democracy Campaign, Freedom Under Law, Helen Suzman Foundation, and Judges Matter all condemned Sisulu in a joint statement on Wednesday.
Their criticism came after the administration distanced itself from Sisulu’s remarks through Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele.
Sisulu lamented the absence of change and economic reconciliation in her essay. She argued against the constitution, claiming that South Africa has legitimized injustice under the guise of the rule of law. She claims that after decades of democracy, Africans manage poverty while others manage prosperity.
“Under the constitution and the rule of law, what we have experienced since 1994 has been co-option and invites to political power brokers to the dinner table, whose mission it is to keep the masses quiet in their suffering,” she wrote.