Sunday, September 25, 2016

Action (Maybe)

At the home of a local NGO yesterday, there were a few copies of the South African Constitution lying around. I browsed through the Constitution. What struck me (this time) was the frequent use of the word "may". For example, the President "may" be removed for "a serious violation of the Constitution or the law". Or, the National Executive "may" intervene when a Province "does not fulfill an executive obligation". While this at least permits such action, it would seem to me to potentially invalidate the Constitution. Those "may" clauses, too, seem to me to be too vulnerable to the majority.

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