Blog Posts tagged “Constitutional Court”

Opinion: Courts and Constitution plug the gap left by lack of political accountability

Dec. 2, 2016 (3 years, 8 months ago)

By Firoz Cachalia

Some years ago I brought back from Siena copies of two famous frescoes painted by Lorenzetti depicting good and bad government. The first shows idyllic scenes of virtuous rulers, happy citizens and a prosperous society; the second shows dystopian scenes of selfish rule, injustice and famine, thus ...

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Is SASSA ready to pay grants by 1 April?

Nov. 25, 2016 (3 years, 8 months ago)

Who will be responsible for making social grant payments from 1 April 2017? Will SASSA be ready to pay grants by 1 April?

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The Black Sash, along with many other civil society organisations, hoped that the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) hearing on the Department of Social Development (DSD ...

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Don’t wait for a beautiful leader, South Africa. Rather rely on the Constitution

Nov. 18, 2016 (3 years, 8 months ago)

A new collection of legal and autobiographical writings by former Constitutional Court judge,Albie Sach, offers an intimate insider’s view of South Africa’s Constitution. Sachs, who lost his arm and his sight in one eye in a bomb attack by the apartheid regime in Maputo, was appointed by ...

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PAIA has holes, but is not the only law giving access to information

Sept. 5, 2016 (3 years, 11 months ago)

BY RONÉE ROBINSON.

It is by now well established that the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) is the vehicle giving effect to the right of access to information, enshrined in section 32 of the constitution. This is an important right, albeit an importance easy to disrespect and disguise ...

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Infographic: Are we ready for the 2016 Municipal Elections?

May 20, 2016 (4 years, 2 months ago)

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) met with the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs to present the Commission’s readiness for the upcoming 2016 Municipal Elections on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. The briefing covered the final wards delivered by the Municipal Demarcation Board, the number of voting districts, the voters roll ...

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The Week Ahead: President, Vuwani Protest & Legislation in the spotlight

May 16, 2016 (4 years, 2 months ago)

The President's oral question session is the high point of the parliamentary week.

He is required to answers questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme. The questions are sifted and published beforehand in a process involving the Speaker, to ensure ...

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OPINION: The election machinery picks up steam

May 3, 2016 (4 years, 3 months ago)

By Judith February

Disclaimer: a full stadium does not necessarily translate into votes. This past weekend the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) put on what can only be described as a very impressive show. First to launch its manifesto was the ANC, followed by the DA. The latter fared better in ...

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The Week Ahead: All out Action in the Committee Corridor

April 11, 2016 (4 years, 3 months ago)

It's a low key week in the main chambers with no sittings scheduled. All the parliamentary action will take place in the committee corridor where the schedule is bursting.

The legislature’s budget vote season shows no sign of slowing down as most days are packed with long meetings ...

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Parliament must focus on scrutinising executive action

April 7, 2016 (4 years, 4 months ago)

By Lawson Naidoo

IN THE political storm — not yet a tsunami — following the judgment of the Constitutional Court in the Nkandla case, we should be careful not to lose sight of key constitutional principles the court clarified. This seminal, unanimous judgment cogently explains the supremacy of the Constitution, the separation ...

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The Week Ahead: Drama as New Term Kicks off

April 4, 2016 (4 years, 4 months ago)

Parliament resumes this week after a two-week constituency period. The second term will run for 8 weeks and its culmination will trigger several weeks of campaigning ahead of the municipal elections.

The programme is packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work; oral questions to ...

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