Bizos blasts “uninformed” critics of the Constitution

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Respected human rights lawyer George Bizos says he gets very upset when uninformed people are critical of South Africa’s Constitution.

Bizos spoke to Courant in a one-on-one interview prior to his departure from Bram Fischer International Airport on Saturday. He was in Bloemfontein to address the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bloemfontein Branch of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel).

Bizos says he was pleased to address the meeting so as to put  certain issues on the record, “My theme was Don’t blame the Constitution because people are saying things like ‘bring back the death sentence’, or ‘take land away from white farmers without compensation’. These are all things that are unconstitutional.”

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Nadel Bloemfontein branch executive, Tebogo Manye, says delegates discussed various issues affecting South Africans both on a local and an international scale.

“Some of the issues that we also raise included the SA Government’s relations with other institutions outside the country.

“For instance the International Criminal Court (ICC) – should we withdraw, should we not withdraw. We dealt with the issue of the SABC, we dealt with issues of violation of human rights, genocide in Africa and all those types of things.”

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