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Casac: SA's current state due to systemic governance failures

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says not enough has been done to uphold all South Africans' rights as set out in the Constitution.

FILE: Lawson Naidoo of Save South Africa addresses a crowd outside Parliament at an anti-Zuma March. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says not enough has been done to uphold all South Africans' rights as set out in the Constitution.

Casac's executive director Lawson Naidoo was speaking during Thursday’s Freedom Day celebrations.

Naidoo says citizens have much to celebrate on the day in terms of the legislation and freedom of movement, but he says issues of inequality seem to have worsened post-1994.

“The levels of inequality have increased since 1994; poverty levels, levels of unemployment have increased in that time. I think we all have to look at each other and say ‘where have we gone wrong?’. I think it’s far too simplistic to point our fingers at the Guptas and blame them.”

Naidoo says the current state of the country is due to a systemic failure in governance over the years.

“But as we celebrate our Bill of Rights, have we really done enough to implement what that Bill of Rights talks about in terms of housing, health and sanitation, etc?”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)