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Faerie (November 23, 2011, 06:44:25 AM):
So. Realistically speaking. How screwed are we?

Based on history which by all appearances is repeating itself, pretty much.
Mefiante (November 23, 2011, 09:33:54 AM):
As usual, Zapiro sums it up flawlessly. See attached.

BoogieMonster (November 23, 2011, 10:14:11 AM):
If I'm not mistaken, this still has to survive the constitutional court.

Of course, the ANC managed to convince a clear majority that this should be legislated, so I don't see them having trouble getting it amended to the constitution. At which point I'll start to feel forced to do the unthinkable, and leave this place. :(

If this seems like the typical overreaction to you, I apologise, but freedom of speech is one of those things I hold very dear and critical to my personal freedom.
st0nes (November 23, 2011, 10:46:53 AM): I don't see them having trouble getting it amended to the constitution.
Amendments to the constitiution require a 2/3 majority which the ANC don't have anymore (and probably will never have again) so, yes, they will have trouble amending the constitution.
Mefiante (November 23, 2011, 11:18:29 AM):
See also recent comments in our ShoutBox.
Quote from: ShoutBox (22 & 23/11/2011)
(09:24:14) JoanA_Arc: It's Tuesday. 18 working days till I go on leave. I feel like this little guy looks... and needs my holiday!
(10:20:52) Faerie: Its a regular grumpy Toosday...
(14:03:07) JoanA_Arc: And don't get me started on my opinion about Turdsdays
(15:04:25) Mefiante: … and by Fried-day you’re too chipped to do anything besides concentrate on recovering from the week’s ravages.
(15:06:11) Mefiante: So, who’s wearing black today?
(15:38:25) Faerie: I am, much good it did though...
(15:52:46) Mefiante: Hmm, sadly it seems to be a universal truth that people can’t see a genuine threat to their liberties until it’s too late. Still, you have to marvel at the sheer brazen ingenuity of vesting the power to sign this abominable miscarriage of justice into law in precisely those who stand to gain the most protection from it. Conflict of interest? Never! And they occupy the privileged position that they do purely by the good grace of the people whose rights they will now no doubt subvert. You can’t make this stuff up.
(15:59:59) Faerie: Could it possibly be challenged in the Con court? I suspect it might. A glimmer of hope there for us.
(16:04:38) ingwe: Who appointed the ConCourt Justices?
(16:10:00) GCG: everybody that has power, is on the ANC payroll. True justice is a myth. Just look at Shabir Shaik...
(19:22:18) Mefiante: It looks like it will be challenged in the ConCourt but it’ll be months yet, if not years before the issue is put to rest one way or the other. (The theory here is that the judiciary is independent of the executive. John Hlope screwed that theory up.)
The essential problem is that far too few people seem to realise, either due to naiveté or apathy (or possibly both), just how significant a threat to liberal democratic principles this Bill actually is. In this setting, a free press is the only effective handbrake on government and business abuses against the people. It is no overstatement to say that this Bill is to date by far the gravest peril SA’s democracy has faced, and that in its present form it paves the way for all sorts of ever more restrictive measures.



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