In the Media
Author: Professor Sandra Liebenberg
03 April 2012
Edited version: www.capetimes.co.za
Introduction: Human rights in South Africa’s constitutional pact
In 1993 South Africans adopted a transitional Constitution which represented a negotiated settlement to bring to end decades of white minority rule and the systemic discrimination and repression of the apartheid era. This transitional or interim Constitution is eloquently described in its postamble as “a historic bridge between the past of a deeply divided society characterised by strife, conflict, untold suffering and injustice, and a future founded on the recognition of human rights, democracy and peaceful co-existence and development opportunities for all South Africans, irrespective of colour, race, class, belief or sex.” The 1993 transitional Constitution required that the final Constitution to be adopted by the Constitutional Assembly (consisting of the two houses of parliament elected in the first democratic elections sitting together) to comply with 34 Constitutional Principles. Amongst the most important of these was the second Constitutional Principle which provided:
9 December 2011
The fourth National Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted by the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF) from Thursday 8 to Friday 9 December 2011 in Sandton adopted the resolutions set out below:
We the delegates drawn from the various sectors of South African society – Read more
Anti-Corruption Media Statement
09 December 2011
As we acknowledge Anti-Corruption Day, the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (CASAC) urges all South Africans to step up efforts to eradicate this scourge from our midst. We call on all people to RED CARD CORRUPTION now.
The institutional as well as the legislative framework to deal with corruption needs to be enhanced. This encompasses the following elements: Read more
Protection of State Information Bill – an expression of concern by The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
22 November, 2011
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, together with the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, has been engaged in processes of dialogue around the Protection of State Information Bill since its first emergence as a draft piece of legislation in 2008. From the outset we have sought to ensure that the Bill meets standards of constitutionality and aspirations for freedom of information and expression while at the same time providing protection for legitimate state secrets.
SECRECY BILL PROTEST PICKETS
PRESS STATEMENT from Right2Know Campaign
The Right2Know Campaign will hold protest pickets at six separate venues across South Africa on Tuesday 22 November 2011, and from 21-23 November in Cape Town. Read more
COUNCIL FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE SOUTH AFRICA CONSTITUTION
All South Africans must come together in unity to defend our great country from the destructive forces of corruption. Any act of corruption is an affront to G-d and undermines the very foundations upon which we seek to build our country. We can never prosper in the shadow of corruption. Let us all stand together and join the new struggle – the struggle for a corruption-free South Africa, founded upon principles of responsibility and accountability. Victory in this struggle will open the gateway to poverty alleviation, service delivery and truly a better life for all.
The Portfolio Committee on Police’s scheduled meeting for Tuesday, 13 September 2011 will hear briefings from CASAC, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the SAPS on their structures and strategies to combat corruption.
CASAC Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo will be making the presentation on behalf of CASAC.
The real defenders of the South African Constitution are the citizens of this country. This was no doubt the meaning in CASAC Chairperson Sipho Pityana’s words when he told an audience during a Public Conversation at UCT that “the real threat to the South African’s constitution is a submissive and compliable populace”. Read more