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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

Media Statement Supreme Court of Appeal Judgment – 13 October 2017

CASAC welcomes the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal today dismissing the appeals by President Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) against the decision of the NPA to withdraw the fraud, corruption and racketeering charges against the President.

 

In a comprehensive, reasoned and scathing judgment the SCA poured scorn on the manner in which the NPA sought to justify Adv Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision in April 2009. The court was moved to say “ … it beggars belief that the present regime at the NPA, on its own version of events, saw fit to defend Mr Mpshe’s decision as being rational … The manner in which the affidavits were drawn and the case conducted on behalf of the NPA was inexcusable”.

For the full statement click here

CASAC submission on FIC Bill to Parliament’s Finance Committee

The President referred the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill back to Parliament as he had reservations regarding the constitutionality of the Bill.

CASAC made a written submission to the Standing Committee on Finance on 20 January 2017 regarding these reservations.

Read the full submission here.

Anniversary of signing of SA Constitution

9 December 2016

CASAC has joined other South Africans in celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the South African Constitution, which was signed into law by President Nelson Mandela at a ceremony in Sharpeville on 10 December 1996.

In a statement, Sipho Pityana, chairperson of CASAC, said South Africa should be very proud of its Constitution and its achievements, as it had provided the institutional infrastructure to advance South Africa’s democracy and curb the tendency towards the abuse of power and corruption, while giving ordinary people rights that had changed their lives for the better. For the full statement, click here.

CASAC launches legal proceedings on FICA Bill

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MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2016

CASAC has instituted proceedings in the Constitutional Court to secure the President’s compliance with his constitutional obligations in respect of the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill (FICA Bill).

In a statement released today, CASAC said the FICA Bill was passed by Parliament on May 2016 and submitted to the President on 13 June. To date, however, he had neither assented to or signed the Bill, nor referred it back to the National Assembly.

In a letter dated 19 September 2016, CASAC urged the president to comply with his constitutional obligations within 30 days, failing which it would ask the courts to intervene. The 30-day period expired on Monday 31 October 2016.

‘CASAC has now approached the Constitutional Court for an order declaring that the President has failed to perform his constitutional obligations, and order him to either assent to and sign the FICA Bill, or refer it back to the National Assembly,’ the statement said.

For the full media statement, click here.

For the Notice of Motion and Founding Affidavit, click here.