Streaming issues? Report here
John Maytham 2019 1500 BW
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Politics

[WATCH] 'A functioning economy needs the rule of law and a corrupt free state'

1 July 2019 12:23 PM
Tags:
Ronald Lamola
Constitution
ANC constitution
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola
Minister of Justice and correctional services
Newly-appointed Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola gives his take on SA's Constitution and more.

Nearly a month into his portfolio, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says the reality of his new position is gradually sinking in and he describes it as an enormous task.

Lamola joined Eusebius McKaiser in studio on Monday morning to discuss his take on law and justice in South Africa, as well as his vision.

Questioning whether the role of justice is simply to restore 'normality' to society, the minister says while the constitution is a construct that should enable us to build a world that is just, it also needs to work for the economy.

If the Constitution and the justice system is not working, we will not be able to create an investment destination and a functioning economy because a functioning economy needs the rule of law, a corrupt free state, and order in any society.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Anyone who wants to invest wants to see if there is a rule of law and it is important to make the economy function so we have a level of economic growth that will enable us to create the jobs we need and have the foreign direct investment that we need, so it is an enormous task.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Watch the interview below:

Lamola says the South African Constitution has played an important transformational role since its formation and believes it can help attain an equal society, even from an economic point of view.

Most of the United Nations goals, we have achieved them through the enforcement by some of our courts - the ARV dispensation, housing.... it is clear that the Constitution, properly interpreted and used can be able to achieve social justice.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

He admits that more could have been achieved in previous years.

On the land question, if you look at the Constitution, properly used, we could have achieved more.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

It has also been our failure in leadership to resolve some of these issues and as the ANC we have admitted on these issues that we are now going to make sure we promulgate most of these legislations and I can say with confidence that we have started the process.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Naming some of the important things on his to-do list, Lamola says a lot of time has been spent proposing policies and now is the time to implement these.

In reality we have everything we need. For example one of our biggest concerns was technology in our courts, we have realised we do have a system or process....it is there, what is needed is for us to say to the department you have been dealing with this for the past ten or fifteen years, lets implement.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

We will deal with new proposals and new policies but we believe we have got enough to be able to implement.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Click on the link below for the audio version of the interview...


This article first appeared on 702 : [WATCH] 'A functioning economy needs the rule of law and a corrupt free state'


1 July 2019 12:23 PM
Tags:
Ronald Lamola
Constitution
ANC constitution
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola
Minister of Justice and correctional services

More from Politics

Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Mkhwebane says some remedial actions and report findings are being ignored

18 October 2019 2:28 PM

The public protector has briefed Parliament’s justice and correctional services committee about her office’s annual performance.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

171127natasha-mazzonejpg

'It turns out DA MP Natasha Mazzone was right about load shedding'

18 October 2019 1:34 PM

Last month, Eskom shut down claims by the Democratic Alliance that load shedding was on the cards.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

190509da-supportersjpg

'Person who fills Fedex chair post must be on same wavelength as DA leader'

18 October 2019 1:31 PM

Former Democratic Alliance leader Douglas Gibson weighs in on this weekend's upcoming elective conference.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

190501maimanejpg

DA Fedex chair candidates are a step backwards for the party, says analyst

18 October 2019 7:54 AM

Political analyst Dr Ralph Mathekga says the candidates for the top position do not reflect the real debate in the party.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

190801da-logogif

DA CEO Paul Boughey resigns

17 October 2019 5:13 PM

In his resignation letter, Boughey - who had been CEO for the DA for five years - said that he had reached an agreement with the party in principle to resign.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191016 Nicholas Ninow3

Nicholas Ninow sentenced to life

17 October 2019 4:02 PM

Judge Papi Mosopa handed down the sentence in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Light bulb against dark background, electricity, load shedding. Image: Pexels.

Eskom management inept says Sasmef, Cosatu calls for board's removal

17 October 2019 1:57 PM

Sasmef president Tebogo Kaas calculates cost of rolling blackouts, while union's Mike Shingange says Eskom board must go.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191016 Nicholas Ninow5

Nicholas Ninow has not shown remorse at all, says state prosecutor

17 October 2019 1:26 PM

Sentencing proceedings for the convicted child rapist are continuing in the Gauteng High Court.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

180410-atholtrollipjpg

DA will head to court to ensure Bobani no-confidence vote goes ahead - Trollip

17 October 2019 1:05 PM

Opposition parties led by the DA in NMB plan to file a court interdict to ensure that the motion of no confidence is heard.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

chalk-board-school-class-educationjpg

End-of-year ritual resulted in the fatal stabbing of a grade 11 pupil, says MEC

16 October 2019 2:20 PM

The Pietermaritzburg pupil died in his mother's arms on Tuesday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward