CASAC has embarked on a campaign to promote public participation in the selection of seven new members of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
The SAHRC is one of eight institutions provided for in Chapter Nine of the South African Constitution, and its members are appointed by Parliament. The selection process is being managed by the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, which will undertake a preliminary selection process and recommend seven candidates to the General Assembly.
Eighty people have applied, or have been nominated. Of those, 30 are women. CASAC is encouraging members of the public, civil society organisations and other interested parties to submit comments about and / or objections to these candidates.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 September 2016. Submissions can be sent to Mr Vhonani Ramaano, Secretary of the Portfolio Committee, at email@example.com. The Portfolio Committee has asked those who submit comments to disclose their identity, as a means of authenticating their submissions. Submissions can also be shared with CASAC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee will start the short-listing process on 5 October, and short-listed candidates will be interviewed on 13 and 14 October.
The names and CVs of all 80 candidates have been posted on the parliamentary website. To access this information, click here.
Also read the following opinion piece:
Dr Khulekani Moyo: Justice Portfolio Committee should open up SAHRC selection process.