constitution

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.

Masses to Support Letsie, Thabane

According to Nthakoana Ngatane, masses are expected to protest in the Lesotho capital Maseru when the Constitutional Court hears an application in which the Attorney-General is suing King Letsie the third and Prime Minister, Tom Thabane.

Ngatane says that Thabane advised the King to appoint the President of the Court of Appeal, a move the Attorney-General describes as unconstitutional, because coalition partners in cabinet were not consulted.

Activism Key to SA Democracy – Heywood

SECTION27, a non-governmental organisation, says activism is central for a democratic country like South Africa as it encourages accountability and engagement to ordinary people.

SECTION27 executive director, Mark Heywood, believes that activism must be linked with the Constitution because it demonstrates change in society.

Heywood adds that activism is a powerful tool that is used by people to voice their problems and challenges in government.

Calls for transparent, Accountable Political System

The Constitutional Court will hear an application by a non-governmental organisation seeking to determine whether Parliament has failed in its constitutional obligation to get political parties to disclose the source of their private funding.

Currently, political parties are not obliged to disclose their funders and the applicant in the matter, My Vote Counts NPC, is calling for a more inclusive, transparent and accountable political system.

Forming the basis of its case is the constitutional right to access information and the right to vote.

HSF in Court Over Dramat’s Suspension

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has launched an urgent application to overturn the suspension of Hawks commander lieutenant general, Anwa Dramat – as well as the appointment of the acting head, major general, Berning Ntlemeza.

Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko purported to suspend Dramat on 23 December 2014 and appointed Ntlemeza to act in his stead.

Madonsela Lashes Out at Critics

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has accused some people in society of allegedly targeting her office and interfering with her powers, as protected by the South Africa Constitution.

Addressing about 4 000 students and local community members at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus in Mankweng, Madonsela said out of several other Chapter Nine institutions in the country, her office is the only one which people are quick to interfere with, regardless of the constitution which protects it.

CASAC Criticises Zuma Over Nkandla

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that President Jacob Zuma's failure to account properly on the Public Protector's report on his Nkandla homestead shows contempt for Parliament and for the Constitution.

In a press statement, CASAC points out that, "The president should be allowed to complete his answers to the questions that had been tabled for answer on 21 August 2014, and to respond to any supplementary questions in the National Assembly.”

Madonsela: SA, An Unequal Society

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has described South Africa as one of the most unequal societies in the world.

In a speech delivered at the University of Stellenbosch, Madonsela says the country is one of the most unequal society despite the constitutional promises which include the substantive notion of equality.

"Compounding the situation is that poverty and unemployment have worsened and also the fact that, that too follows the contours of racial, gender and other forms of structural inequality or discrimination," she explained.

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