President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: GCIS

Ramaphosa on the importance of rule of law

Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the National Conference on the Constitution in Midrand on Wednesday morning.


President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of the rule of law to keep the country from violence and chaos in the keynote address.

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Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the National Conference on the Constitution in Midrand on Wednesday. He says without the rule of law, the country will be susceptible to chaos and violence.

“Without the rule of law, our country is vulnerable to chaos, violence, mayhem, anarchy, rampant corruption, violation of human rights, persistent inequality, and the collapse of state institutions. Where state institutions collapse, there is anarchy and disorder.”

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The three-day conference is hosted by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola. Ramaphosa described this as one of the best constitutions in the world, after the ‘adoption’ of the constitution 25 years ago.

He also said that the country still has a long way to go if it wants to reach “the promised land”.

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“But despite numerous achievements, there are still many challenges. These challenges show that our journey to the promised land is far from over but we have embarked on this journey.”

Some of the challenges that Ramaphosa included in his address were the persistently high levels of poverty, rising levels of unemployment, inequality, corruption, and violence.

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Some of the focus areas in the programme include: 

  • Transforming and building an independent and resilient judiciary
  • Transforming and growing the economy as a constitutional imperative
  • Progress on land reform: restitution and distribution
  • Governance and electoral reform
  • Effectiveness of constitutional and independent statutory bodies in strengthening constitutional democracy.