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President appoints SAHRC commissioners

The President has appointed the new SAHRC Commissioners who will join Commissioner Ameermia with effect from 3 January 2017.

Professor Bongani Majola and Ms Devikarani  Jana have been appointed as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the SAHRC respectively.

For further information on the appointments, click here for the link to the media statement by the Presidency.

Justice Committee recommends seven SAHRC Commissioners

27 October 2016

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has recommended seven candidates for appointment to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

They are Professor Bongani Majola,  Advocate Bokankatla Malatji, Mr Jonas Sibanyoni, Mr Andre Nissen, Ms Devikarani Jana, Ms Matlodi Mkwetla, and Advocate Andre Gaum. The committee recommended Prof Majola as Chairperson, and Ms Jana as Deputy Chairperson.

The names were released in a CASAC media statement issued today. In the statement, CASAC said the Portfolio Committee would meet in due course to adopt a formal report that would be tabled in the National Assembly.

CASAC has played an active role in promoting public participation in the SAHRC selection process. Among other things, it made detailed submissions to the Portfolio Committee on all 81 nominees.

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 vramaano@parliament.gov.za or tel (021) 403-3820.

CASAC submission on SAHRC nominations

3 OCTOBER 2016

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.

CASAC submission on SAHRC candidates (30 September 2016)

For CASAC’s full media statement on the submission, click on the link below.

CASAC media statement – Report on SAHRC nominees

CASAC campaign about 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 vramaano@parliament.gov.za. 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 info@www.casac.org.za.

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.

CASAC comments on SAHRC selection process

22 September 2016

CASAC is taking an active interest in the selection of seven members of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). In a media statement issued on 20 September, CASAC initially expressed concern about the way in which the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services was processing the nominations for filling the vacancies, saying the undue haste with which the process was unfolding would detract from any meaningful public participation in the selection process, as envisaged in section 59(1) of the Constitution.

Nominations had closed on Friday 16 September, and the Committee intended to meet on Thursday 22 September to shortlist candidates. The Committee intended to publish the list of nominees by Thursday 22 September. This would leave members of the public and civil society organisations with less than 48 hours in which to consider and comment on the nominees.

However, in a further media statement released today (22 September), CASAC welcomed an adjusted time frame agreed by the Portfolio Committee for filling the seven vacancies, as this would now provide a suitable opportunity for public participation.

The Committee had received 80 nominations for the seven vacancies. Their names were due to be released on the same day (22 September), and the public was invited to comment on their suitability. The deadline for comments would now be Friday 30 September. CASAC intended to make a submission to the Committee. The Committee would then meet on 5 October to shortlist between 15 and 21 candidates, and would interview them on 13 and 14 October.

The statement added: ‘We are pleased that the Committee will engage with civil society and members of the public to ensure that the process is open and transparent, in much the same way that the process of appointing the Public Protector was conducted.’

For the complete statements, see the media statements section.