NEWSFLASH: CASAC express concern about Gordhan prosecution
CASAC has joined other organisations in expressing its concern about the decision to prosecute the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. In a statement released on 11 October, CASAC’s executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, said the announcement that Gordhan had been charged with fraud, corruption and theft would have serious negative repercussions for the stability of the economy and the country as a whole, and raised profound questions about the integrity of key institutions of democratic governance.
For the full statement, click here.
Names of shortlisted SAHRC candidates released
THE Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has shortlisted 18 candidates for the seven vacancies on the South African Human Rights Commissions (SAHRC).
The names and CVs of the shortlisted candidates can be viewed on the parliamentary website. To access the relevant section, click here.
The Committee has invited the public at large to give further inputs on the 18 nominees. Comments and/or objections to candidates can be forwarded to Mr Vhonani Ramaano, Committee Secretary, on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel (021) 403-3820.
CASAC submission on SAHRC nominations
CASAC has provided the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services with profiles of all 81 candidates for the seven vacancies on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
This initiative forms part of CASAC’s campaign to promote public participation in the selection process for selecting additional members of the SAHRC, which plays a key role in ensuring compliance with the human rights set out in the South African Constitution.
CASAC’s submission was handed to the Portfolio Committee on Friday 30 September, the deadline for the public participation process.
The Committee will undertake a preliminary selection process, and recommend seven candidates to the General Assembly. It will start a short-listing process on 5 October, and interview short-listed candidates on 13 and 14 October. CASAC has expressed the hope that its submission would assist the Committee in the shortlising process.
To download the CASAC submission, click on the link below.
For CASAC’s full media statement on the submission, click on the link below.
CASAC campaign on SAHRC nominations
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.