[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.
Invitation for Public Submissions by Constitutional Review Committee
In terms of Section 45(1 )(c) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution annually. Members of the public are therefore invited to make written submissions to the Committee on specific sections of the Constitution that they feel need to be reviewed.
Comments can be emailed to Committee Secretary Ms Pat Jayiya at email@example.com by no later than 28 May 2010.
Enquiries tel Ms Pat Jayiya: 021 403-3661 / cell: 083 709 8453.
Issued by: Adv SP Holomisa, MP and Mr BA Mnguni, Mp, Co-chairpersons: Constitutional Review Committee.BACK TO TOP