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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.

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.

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