The Wits DA Student Organisation (DASO) took part in the DA Youth sit-in at Constitution Hill yesterday to demonstrate their concern over what they saw as recent threats to the Constitution by the ANC.
They said recent comments by the ruling party implied there was a need to change the Constitution. At the sit-in, the DA Youth revealed the latest poster in their “In our future” campaign, which shows the Constitution going up in flames.
The caption on the poster reads, “In our future, the Constitution will reign supreme.”
Mohammed Sayanvala, leader of DASO Wits said in a statement “the protest was held to show our concern about the ANC’s recent comments implying a need to change the Constitution of South Africa”.
“As a student body we realise the importance of preserving our Constitution so that our hard-won democracy and freedoms may be preserved for the future generations of South Africa.”
DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said in a statement: “The separation of powers is central to the preservation of democracy in South Africa. The judiciary must ensure that executive decisions comply with the Constitution, which no entity, not even the ANC, the President or Parliament, is above.”
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has responded to the campaign by saying the ruling party does respect the Constitution.
“This is a Constitution that came with the ANC. We are not saying any willy-nilly person with a hangover can change it. All constitutions have amendments, and it all comes through a majority. Every time the ANC even mentions the Constitution it is a problem. It is not the DA Youth who brought this Constitution, they can go jump in the nearest lake.”
A previous DA Youth poster caused uproar on social networking sites in January. The poster showed a nude mixed race couple locked in an embrace. The caption read: “In our future you wouldn’t look twice.”