The South African Bill of Rights was born out of the long struggle against apartheid and injustice. In the same year the apartheid South African government came into power in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, now the common international standard for human rights, was adopted by the United Nations. South Africa was one of only eight countries that refused to sign this seminal human rights document, in large part because the government was already preparing to implement the apartheid programme which would systematically violate every one of the rights recognized in this declaration.
In the wake of the Defiance Campaign – a multi-racial passive resistance drive launched in 1952 to voice objection to apartheid – an historical forerunner to our Bill of Rights came into being. The Freedom Charter, expressing the ‘freedom demands’ collected from people across South Africa, was adopted in 1955 at the Congress of the People in Kliptown near Johannesburg.
The People Shall Govern!
All National Groups Shall have Equal Rights!
The People Shall Share in the Country’s Wealth!
The Land Shall be Shared Among Those Who Work It!
All Shall be Equal Before the Law!
All Shall Enjoy Equal Human Rights!
There Shall be Work and Security!
The Doors of Learning and Culture Shall be Opened!
There Shall be Houses, Security and Comfort!
There Shall be Peace and Friendship!
The South African government of the time declared the Freedom Charter to be treasonous and arrested 156 people in December 1956, accusing them at the Treason Trial of seeking to overthrow the state by adopting this charter. The charter became a powerful force in bringing together people of all races in a common struggle for the eradication of apartheid and the establishment of a non-racial democratic state. The charter was adopted by the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the 1980s and its ‘freedom demands’ featured heavily in human rights campaigns throughout this decade.
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Since 1994, the people we were supposed to abolish discriminatory systems and make BIG changes;
Banks and Banking:
The power of banking is supposed to have been placed firmly back into the hands of the people where it properly belongs; there is supposed to be community banks; by, for and of the people;
Instead, of developing community banks, the RESERVE BANK is bullying THE STATE into taking legal action against informal stockvels and credit clubs; there are now an estimated 10 million people using credit clubs who are now allegedly “criminals”; the truth is that we, the people have been led down the wrong path;
Who are the criminals?
SARB is supposed to protect the Rand; yet, in the last five years the value of the Rand has halved! Yes, 50% is eroded; gone;
People from civil society were supposed to be on the Reserve Bank; however, SARB is a STILL a PRIVATE institution; Instead, the title of the Reserve Bank is still held by the same foreign imperial banking system that created it;
And, the fraudulent banking system is now being exposed; see http://giftoftruth.wordpress.com/banking/
The legal system was supposed to get a total facelift; UN-LEGISLATED common law and customary law is supposed to be developed;