Sisulu had criticised the lack of transformation and economic reconciliation, arguing that since the new constitution and the rule of law, the deck had been heavily stacked against the victims of the “rule of law”.
“What we have instead witnessed under the supreme constitution and the rule of law since 1994 has been co-option and invitations to political power brokers to the dinner table, whose job is to keep the masses quiet in their sufferance,” she argued.
To a lesser extent, Gungubele agrees with the issues raised by Sisulu — but not the manner in which she raised them.
“The purpose of the constitution is to deal with the very issues that she’s speaking about: healing the pains and divisions of the past, ensuring there is social justice, dealing with the imbalances of the past is an imperative of this constitution,” Gungubele said.
Sisulu, who made the remarks on the eve of the ANC’s 110th birthday celebration in Polokwane, has declined to comment further.
Gungubele said it was not usual that the government distanced itself from remarks made by cabinet ministers, but that in this case it was important to do so because of the position Sisulu holds in society.
“The people’s law, which is supreme and adopted, has to be respected, especially by a colleague who sits in cabinet, who also sits in the executive of the governing party ... That colleague has a more noble way of proposing processes of amending the constitution, especially against the background that she took an oath to protect it,” he said.