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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

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.

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

Brian Molefe MP: an affront to the Constitution and good governance

MEDIA STATEMENT

The announcement by Parliament that Mr Brian Molefe, former CEO of Eskom, is to be sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament is a further indication of the negation of the values and principles of the Constitution, and the importance of ethical and principled leadership.

For full statement read here

The Real State of the Nation Address

Sipho Mila Pityana
St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town
8 February 2017
 
Comrades and friends
 
I would urge the Speaker of the House to not address President Jacob Zuma as honourable when she invites him to present his State of the Nation Address tomorrow night — for it is a matter of fact that he is not.
 
Importantly, he shouldn’t be addressing us as a nation in the capacity of a President for he has broken his contractual relationship with us as citizens. Instead, Parliament should be telling us when it intends to hold him to account following the Constitutional Court judgment on the Secure in Comfort Report.
 
President Zuma: You must know that as a nation we no longer have confidence in your leadership. You are not trusted by the people. You are not trusted by civil society. And, increasingly, you are not even trusted by your own party and its allies.
 
When the opposition parties supported a motion of no confidence against you in Parliament last year, you deliberately misinterpreted the objection of your own members to that motion as support for you.
 To read the full speech click here