CASAC

CASAC makes submission to CASAC Media Statement – submission to Parliament on Section 25 of the Constitution

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has made a written submission to the National Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending s. 25 of the Constitution.

CASAC confirms its supports for land reform to alter the skewed land holding patterns in South Africa. CASAC is of the view that the assumption behind the proposed amendment is that the Constitution presently does not allow for expropriation with no compensation. This is an incorrect interpretation of the Constitution, and we illustrate why this is so. The second part of the submission focuses specifically on the proposed amendment, and illustrates why, without fundamental institutional changes, these amendments will not likely bring about sustainable land reform underpinned by the rule of law.

For the full statement read here

CASAC Submission to Ad Hoc Committee to initiate and Introduce Legislation amending s.25 of the Constitution

INTRODUCTION – THE UNFULFILLED PROMISE OF SECTION 25

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) supports land reform, to alter the skewed land holding patterns in South Africa. CASAC believes that the history of land dispossession must be urgently addressed. CASAC is of the view that the assumption behind the proposed amendment is that the Constitution presently does not allow for expropriation with no compensation. This is a wrong interpretation of the Constitution. Accordingly, the first part of the submission is devoted to illustrating why this is so. The second part focuses specifically on the proposed amendment, and illustrates why, without fundamental institutional changes, these amendments will not likely bring about sustainable land reform underpinned by the rule of law.

For the full submission click here

CASAC Media Statement

Zondo Commission given final extenstion

The High Court in Pretoria has granted the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture a last and final extension of its term to 31 March 2021. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had applied to the court for an extension to the end of this year, but left open the possibility that he may seek another extension if he was not able to finalise his report by then.

Judge Wendy Hughes ruled:

“I am mindful of the fact that it is in the interest of justice that there ought to finality with regard to the work of the Commission, encompassing findings and recommendations to act upon as a matter of urgency… In my view further extensions would not be warranted … The interest of justice dictates that finality be attained with findings, recommendations and a report of the Commission. The Commission owes this to the nation as the work of the Commission of national interest”. (para 24 of the judgment)

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IEC Commissioner Interview Report released

CASAC and My Vote Counts (MVC) have released a report following the IEC Commissioner interviews held on 26-27 June 2018. This report is aimed at identifying and highlighting pertinent statements made by the eight shortlisted candidates – it also includes prior research that was conducted by CASAC and MVC on each of the candidates which was made available to the interviewing Panel ahead of the interviews.  The report and accompanying affidavit was sent to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs for consideration.

For the Report click here 

For the Affidavit of Mr Mosotho Moepya click here

Media Statement – Report on IEC Commissioner Candidates Released

My Vote Counts and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) have compiled a comprehensive report on the 26 shortlisted candidates who have been shortlisted for interview for the three vacancies as Commissioners for the Electoral Commission (IEC).

A panel consisting of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Prof Bongani Majola, the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission on Gender Equality Ms Tamara Mathebula and the Public Protector Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane will interview the candidates from 25 to 29 June 2018. The panel has whittled down the 119 applicants to a shortlist of 26 candidates for interview.

For full statement click here