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‘It’s the duty of all South Africans to hold power to account’

“As long as the Constitution is upheld, South Africa cannot find itself in the same situation as Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe served as president for 37 years.”

South Africa’s Constitution protects the country from single-person rule by preventing an individual from serving more than two five-year terms.

The South African Constitution states in Chapter 5, section 88: “(1) The President’s term of office begins on assuming office and ends upon a vacancy occurring or when the person next elected President assumes office.

“(2) No person may hold office as President for more than two terms, but when a person is elected to fill a vacancy in the office of President, the period between that election and the next election of a President is not regarded as a term.”

As long as the Constitution is upheld, South Africa cannot find itself in the same situation as Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe served as president for 37 years.

While Zimbabwe’s Constitution also states that no person can serve more than two terms, the powers that be clearly didn’t adhere to this until recently.

It is, therefore, the duty of all South Africans to hold power to account. We must familiarise ourselves with the Constitution to protect ourselves and our nation. The more all citizens know about the supreme law of the land, the more difficult it will be for politicians to get away with not living out their Constitutional mandates.

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