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​NGO Launches New Youth Engagement Forum

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has launched an online educational platform dedicated to inspiring responsible civic participation among South African youth by strengthening their political knowledge‚ democratic values and skills.

The Civics Academy (www.civicsacademy.co.za) offers short‚ informative videos covering topics around democracy‚ governance‚ elections‚ political parties‚ the justice system‚ the Constitution‚ economics‚ civil society and the environment.

How to Help Courts Play their Part in Balancing Government Spending

South Africa’s Bill of Rights enshrines a number of socioeconomic rights. These are crucial for creating a more equal society and include the rights of access to healthcare services, sufficient food and water, social assistance and adequate housing. Their aim is to help everyone lead a dignified life.

Squires’s Ruling Crucial in Zuma’s Legal Battles

According to Wyndham Hartley, it is not a foregone conclusion that the High Court in Pretoria will grant the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma leave to appeal against its decision that the dropping of fraud and corruption charges against the president was irrational and, therefore, needed to be set aside.
 
Hartley says according the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), a lobby group, following intense speculation that the NPA would seek to appeal against the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision.
 

Civil Society Campaign Aims at Zuma

As ‘persuasion and appeal have failed’‚ an alliance of civil society‚ church‚ trade union and academic organisations will announce a plan for “the people…to reclaim our hard-won democracy from those who defile it for self-interest.”

They met “in the wake of another vote in Parliament which‚ by voting against impeaching the president‚ dishonoured our Constitution and disappointed millions of people.”

Funding Democracy - Philanthropy, Social Justice, and the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court judgement on Nkandla (31 March 2016) has been widely hailed as a major victory for democracy itself, as a turning point in South African constitutionalism. But some have said that it is a sad reflection on the state of our democracy if we see this moment as worthy of celebration, when in fact it is simply the Constitutional Court doing its job. However, it is critical to bear in mind that democracy is not an event, but rather a process. Democratic freedoms, in spite of one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, have to be fought for in South Africa.

NGO Tackles Act for Being Unconstitutional

A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has reserved judgment in a constitutional challenge by the Free Market Foundation (FMF) to Section 32 of the Labour Relations Act, which it blames for the country’s unemployment rate.

The FMF took Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and 23 bargaining councils to court to have the section of the Act– which compels the labour minister to extend bargaining council agreements across entire industry sectors, subject to representivity conditions - declared unconstitutional.

NGO Tackles Act for Being Unconstitutional

A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has reserved judgment in a constitutional challenge by the Free Market Foundation (FMF) to Section 32 of the Labour Relations Act, which it blames for the country’s unemployment rate.

The FMF took Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and 23 bargaining councils to court to have the section of the Act– which compels the labour minister to extend bargaining council agreements across entire industry sectors, subject to representivity conditions - declared unconstitutional.

R2K Demands Answers Over Spy Inspector Post

The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign has given Parliament until Friday, 30 October 2015, to say why a new spy boss has not been appointed.
 
In a letter to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, the Legal Resources Centre, acting for R2K, says the post of inspector-general of intelligence had been vacant for seven months.
 
It has no acting head and this was a violation of the constitution as the inspector's duty was to oversee the country's spooks.
 

NGOs Threaten Court Over Dismissed Mayor

Zimbabwe’s local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere's decision to fire mainly MDC-T councils across the country could hit a snag after a human rights group threatened a Constitutional Court application.

In a letter to Kasukuwere, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum gave Kasukuwere a week to rescind his decision to fire two Gweru councillors, Albert Chirau and Moses Marecha, early this month or face court action.

LAZ Urged to Drive Constitution Making Process

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has urged lawyers to guide citizens on the constitution making process and ensure that the process of enacting a new constitution does not become an elite project by a privileged few but a national project.

Speaking at a gala dinner for the Law Association of Zambia’s (LAZ) 2015 Annual General Meeting, Lungu, who is also a lawyer, urged national and political leaders to join hands in promoting tolerance and unity in the country.

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