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  • Bill Raises Gay Alarm

    The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has been criticised in Parliament for not making provision for the advancement of gays and lesbians in the workplace.

    This emerged on 30 January 2014 during the second day of public hearings on the bill, which is being sponsored by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

    In its submission, the Legal Resources Centre argues that the bill should not limit issues of gender equality and inequality as being issues between men and women, and girls and boys.

    Meanwhile, the Triangle Project, an organisation that campaigns against discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and other sexual minorities, objects to the bill's definition of ‘gender’ as unconstitutional.

    To read the article titled, “Bill raises gay alarm,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Scott Disappointed With NGOs

    Zambian vice president, Guy Scott, says he is disappointed that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are causing commotion over the draft constitution.
     
    Dr. Scott explained that there is no new constitution and that what has been leaked is just a report on recommendations for the document.
     
    The vice president was responding to questions from teachers who wanted to find out what stage the new constitution had reached following the perceived impasse between government and civil society organisations.
     
    To read the article titled, “Some NGOs disappoint VEEP,” click here.

    Source: 
    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation
  • Yacoob Calls for Freedom From Poverty in SA

    According to Zak Yacoob, a retired Constitutional Court judge, freedom from poverty in the South African context is one of the most important freedoms.

    Delivering the fifth annual Helen Suzman memorial lecture in Johannesburg, Yacoob, said that as South Africa's democracy moved towards its 20th anniversary, far too many of its citizens still suffer from poverty.

    "Unless we reach a situation where all of us agree on a particular minimum level of humanity and a particular threshold at [which] people would be able to live, and unless we commit ourselves to that, we will be doomed to disaster," he warned.

    To read the article titled, “Freedom from poverty important - judge,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Parliament Slams Reaction to e-Tolls

    Parliament's transport portfolio committee on transport says Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s (OUTA) call for motorists not to pay for e-tolls in Gauteng defies the Constitution.
     
    The committee has urged both e-tolling critics to demonstrate their respect for the law by accepting the decision made by the courts.
     
    "The committee is concerned that these two organisations are encouraging citizens not to abide by an Act of Parliament and thus defy the Constitution of the country," states Ruth Bhengu, committee chairperson.
     
    To read the article titled, “Parliamentary committee condemns Outa, COSATU's e-tolls reaction”, click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Hlophe, Mdluli Cases Highlight Trend of Cover-Ups - FUL

    Freedom Under Law (FUL) says the cases of former crime intelligence head General Richard Mdluli and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, though unrelated, have highlighted what it calls “a disturbing trend of cover ups”.
     
    FUL's former Constitutional Court Judge, Johan Kriegler, says both cases relate to very senior people in very responsible positions being involved in allegations of very serious misconduct.
     
    “Those charges are then withdrawn against them for reasons that appear to an outsider just weird, inexplicable. We in FUL said these look odd. This cannot be right. We are entitled to know what happened.” - FUL.
     
    To read the article titled ‘Hlophe, Mdluli cases highlight trend of cover-ups: FUL’, click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Legal Resources Centre: Senior Development Associate

    Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, December 31, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is committed to a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality and to ensure that the principles, rights, and responsibilities enshrined in the national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled.

    The National Office of the LRC seeks to appoint a Senior Development Associate, based in Johannesburg.

    The person will supervise and implement a full range of development activities, including case development, research, solicitation and stewardship directed towards both international and domestic donor communities.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Case Development: working with a number of internal and external constituencies, and in concert with the LRC’s strategic plan, develop compelling messages that effectively communicate the LRC’s impact to a variety of donor communities
    • Stewardship of international foundations: supervise a staff of (X) to ensure timely and appropriate reporting to major International Foundation donors
    • Supervise the development of a research functionality specifically with regard to identification of new international foundation prospects and domestic individual and family foundation prospects.
    • Develop an expanded pipeline of submissions to international and domestic foundations.
    • Develop and implement a new major gifts program with the aim of engaging high net-worth individuals and family foundations in South Africa
    • Supervise the development of a new direct-mail Annual Fund program focusing on the South African legal community.
    • Working with the Executive Director, engage the relationship capital of LRT trustees, SALS trustees (in the USA) and Cannon Collins (in the UK) to enhance international donor engagement.
    • With the Executive Director, prepare annual strategic and operating plans, budgets and targets.
    • Represent the LRC externally with prospective donors, collaborating entities, and contracted consultants; internally at meetings.  Develop and actively participate in progress report presentations.
    Requirements:
    • Appropriate tertiary qualification with at least five years relevant management experience;
    • Knowledge of South Africa’s socio-political environment and how it impacts on legal justice;
    • Sound understanding of grants administration and contractual agreements; research methodologies and reporting;
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
    • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office;
    • Knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge database software will be plus;
    • Strong project-management skills with track record;
    • Writing and editing skills;
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    The LRC is committed to transformation. Applications from previously disadvantaged candidates are therefore strongly encouraged.

    To apply, submit a CV, academic record, contact of referees and motivation letter to zoe@lrc.org,za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Should you not hear from LRC by 31 January 2013, consider your application unsuccessful.

    Applicants for the above position must share in the Mission and Values of the LRC and its commitment to using the Law as an instrument of Justice.

    For more about the Legal Resources Centre, refer to www.lrc.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Centre for Constitutional Rights: Internships

    Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 29, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) is a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation that seeks to promote the full spectrum of values, rights and principles enshrined in the Constitution; monitor developments, including draft legislation, that might affect the Constitution; inform people and organisations of their constitutional rights; and assist people and organisations to claim their rights. The CFCR has no party political affiliation. 

    The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) offers suitably qualified and eager individuals an opportunity to gain experience in promoting and protecting the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Constitution.

    The CFCR seeks to recruit Interns, based at the offices of the CFCR, in Tygerberg Office Park, Plattekloof, Cape Town, where interns will work under direct supervision of the director and professional staff of the CFCR.

    The objective of CFCR internships is to provide an opportunity for interns to gain practical training and experience following completion of a first-level law degree – ideally whilst engaged in post-graduate studies. It allows for interns to contribute to the promotion of our constitutional democracy by assisting the CFCR in conducting research regarding constitutional matters, preparing substantive documents in relation to the operation of the CFCR and assisting the CFCR in achieving its strategic objectives.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Assist with research and analysis of policy and legal developments, legislation, case law and current affairs with constitutional implications;
    • Assist with preparation of substantive documents and articles in line with the objectives of the CFCR;
    • Participate in relevant seminars and events;
    • Assist with coordination of activities hosted by the CFCR; and
    • Undertake ad hoc legal and administrative assignments as requested
    Requirements:
    • LLB, studying towards a postgraduate qualification in constitutional law, human rights law or administrative law will be an advantage;
    • No professional work experience required but applicants must have a keen demonstrated interest in Constitutional Law and have a personal commitment to the ideals enshrined in the Constitution;
    • Ability to communicate and write clearly and effectively in English and another official language;
    • Ability to work as part of a professional team and must be able to represent the team in a professional manner.
    Duration and stipend: Internships are available on an on-going basis for a minimum duration of three months and a maximum duration of 12 months. Interns will work five days per week (or as otherwise agreed) and will receive a nominal stipend.
     
    Starting date: As soon as possible

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to info@cfcr.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Applications must clearly state the period during which the applicant will be available (total duration and weekly work days). Potential candidates will be contacted on an on-going basis for further consideration.

    For more about the Centre for Constitutional Rights, refer to www.cfcr.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • 'Unconstitutional' Sections of Sexual Offences Act Get Scrapped

    The Constitutional Court has struck down two sections of the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act that made it illegal for adolescents to engage in consensual sexual acts, including kissing and hugging.
     
    In a unanimous judgment, sections 15 and 16 of the Act have been declared unconstitutional by Judge Sisi Khampepe, as they invade on the rights of adolescents to dignity and privacy.
     
    However, non-consensual sexual acts with or between children remains illegal and is prosecutable under the law.

    To read the article title “Concourt Slaps Down 'Unconstitutional' Sections of Sexual Offences Act’,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • HSF Court Application Continues

    The application by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and businessman Hugh Glenister, challenging the constitutional validity of the South African Police Services (SAPS) Amendment Act, is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court.
     
    Speaking on behalf of the organisation, David Unterhalter, stated that their concerns related to appointments within the unit and whether political involvement and oversight resulted in interference.
     
    The organisation argues that since the head of the unit was responsible for appointing other members and was not suitably autonomous, their independence would also be called into question.
     
    To read the article titled, “Suzman foundation application continues,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Call for Funding for Marikana Miners

    The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) is calling on government to provide funding for the legal representation of Marikana miners, to protect the integrity of the Farlam commission.

    In a press statement, CASAC warns that government's failure to provide funding for legal representation for the mineworkers who were injured and arrested during the Marikana massacre, "Flies in the face of government's latest initiative to restore stability to the mining sector."

    The comments follow a decision by the retired judge, Ian Farlam, to postpone the commission until 25 July 2013 to allow lawyers for the injured and arrested miners to file papers at the Constitutional Court.

    To read the article titled, “CASAC appeals to state to fund Marikana miners,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
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