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Roundtable Discussion: The “New” Public Protector, One Year On

CASAC’s Executive Secretary, Mr Lawson Naidoo and Dr Makhosi Khoza, a former ANC MP were guest speakers at a roundtable discussion recently hosted by the Catholic Bishop’s Liaison Office and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

In his speech, Mr Naidoo provided a thorough analysis of the following:

  • The achievements of the current Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane since her appointment in 2016.
  • The South African Reserve Bank v Public Protector and Others case.
  • A comparison of appointment processes in Chapter Nine Institutions and their shortcomings.

The discussion was attended by representatives from civil society organisations, government, members of the public and media.

 

Media Statement – CASAC urges utmost caution 18 October 2017

Army on the streets should be a measure of absolute last resort.

“We are not there yet”.

CASAC is concerned by the recent statement by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, proposing that the SANDF be deployed to combat crime in areas in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Speaking from Cape Town, CASAC Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo said:

“We believe that such a knee-jerk response to the scourge of crime, particularly violent and organised crime, is misplaced and probably misguided”.

South Africa requires a more thoughtful, holistic approach that acknowledges the failure of the SAPS to fight crime and to protect people. Such an approach must take into account the socio-economic challenges that we continue to confront.

For full statement click here

SUBMISSION ON DRAFT POLITICAL PARTY FUNDING BILL, 2017

CASAC welcomes the Draft Party Political Funding Bill, which represents a significant step in the right direction in filling a major gap in the accountability and transparency governance of South Africa, and in enhancing multi-party democracy. Moreover, there is much to be admired about the legislative reform process adopted by the Ad Hoc Committee and its advisors.

 

For full submission click here

CASAC lodges complaint with the Public Protector

CASAC lodged a three-part complaint with the Public Protector on 02 June 2017 regarding :

  • The recently reported corruption and failed corporate governance at Eskom, Transnet and the new state capture report
  • The GuptaLeaks and #GuptaEmails
  • The near total failure of Parliamentary or executive oversight over all these matters.

For the full complaint click here

Statement of CASAC Advisory Council

Cape Town, 4 March 2017

Members of the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement for the South African Constitution (CASAC) met on Saturday 4 March 2017 in Cape Town for its bi-annual meeting. The CASAC Advisory Council, chaired by Sipho Pityana, had a detailed conversation about the state of the nation and the political and economic crises that threaten the welfare and security of all who live in South Africa.

For the full statement click here

Media Statement

A commitment to sound governance

28 February 2017

CASAC welcomes the decision by PRASA (Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa) to terminate the contract of its Acting CEO, Collins Letsoalo.

Following reports in the media, the Board had been requested by the Minister of Transport to investigate the circumstances under which the salary of Mr Letsoalo allegedly increased by over 350%.

Mr Letsoalo had been seconded from the Department of Transport to PRASA in July last year. The Board found he had irregularly and without authorisation of the Board of the state owned company adjusted his salary.

It is hoped that the speedy action by the Board of PRASA represents a new approach by state owned companies to deal decisively with governance failures.

We also call on Mr Letsoalo’s employer, the Department of Transport, to take the necessary disciplinary action against him for his misconduct.

Further information

Lawson Naidoo

073 158 5736