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Submission by Civil Society Organisations to the Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee of the National Assembly

Removal from office of the Public Protector

This submission has been prepared by a group of diverse South African civil society organisations, representing a broad range of citizens and interests.  The names of the organisations are set out on the last page of this submission  –  it will be noted that political parties or organisations are not included in this group.

We are making this submission as a result of several recent court judgments on the activities of the Public Protector, Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which have demonstrated, beyond any doubt, that she is unfit for office and unable to fulfil the office’s defined functions in a lawful manner.  If she is not removed from office, we are gravely concerned at the potential further damage that will be inflicted on South Africa.

As a result, we are convinced that she has to be removed from office and that Parliament must take the necessary measures that are laid down in the Constitution for such a step.  This submission sets out the grounds for our conviction in this regard, as well as a proposal for the process to be followed by the Portfolio Committee on Justice & Correctional Services.

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Submission on Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act and Regulation of Private Funding of Parties


The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) welcomes the parliamentary process that has commenced, and which provides an opportunity to fill a very serious gap in accountability and transparency in governance, while also protecting political parties from corruption and enabling them to play their pivotal role in South Africa’s democracy without undue and illicit interference.

Despite various international law obligations requiring South Africa to pass legislation, the funding of political parties in South Africa remains almost entirely unregulated, providing ample opportunity for unethical and dishonest donors to peddle influence in policy formulation and to meddle in domestic politics, enabling corrupt relationships to develop and undermining public confidence in both political parties and democratic politics more generally.

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Annex 1 Annex 2 Annex 3 Annex 4

CASAC’s submission to the Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy on the Single Human Rights Body

On 30 June 2017, CASAC made a written submission to the Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy (OISD) on the Process to Examine the Feasibility of a Single Human Rights Body in accordance with recommendations made in the Kader Asmal Report.

This submission was endorsed by:

Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University)

Shukumisa Coalition, representing over 60 civil society organisations across South Africa working against sexual violence.

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CASAC makes submission to Parliament on withdrawal from the Rome Statute

CASAC has made a written submission on 8 March 2017, to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act Repeal Bill [B23-2016].

The purpose of the Bill is to repeal the implementation of the Rome Statute of the Criminal Court Act, 2002 and facilitate South Africa’s withdrawal from the ICC.

The North Gauteng High Court recently held that the notice of intention to withdrawal from the ICC was invalid and unconstitutional due to the lack of prior consultation with Parliament.

South Africa issued a notice to the United Nations to formally revoke its withdrawal on 7 March 2017 following the High Court’s judgment.


Click here to access CASAC’s submission.