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
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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
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