NGO Welcomes Zambia’s Draft Constitution

The 21-member Civil Society Constitution Coalition (CSCC) has welcomed Zambia’s Draft Constitution, saying some clauses provided for in the document are progressive.

CSCC spokesperson, Leonard Chiti, says the coalition had noted some progressive clauses provided for in the document and that it will protect them so that other interest groups will not take advantage of their numbers or influence to water down or remove them.

Land, Gay Rights Up for Discussion

Proposals to change the Constitution's provisions on sexual orientation and property rights have been referred to party caucuses for consideration, according to Die Burger newspaper.

Die Burger reports that Parliament's constitutional review committee has made the unusual move of referring these proposals to political parties.

27 Reasons to Disagree

Freedom! There is still little to match Mel Gibson on his pony in phoney war paint trying to coax a bunch of underwear-less Scots to freedom from English tyranny…Martin Luther King comes close with his visionary dreams, but Mel has got his number with the flowing locks and big sword[1] – not to mention the adoration of the lovely princess of France, played in that movie by Sophie Marceau…ahh, indeed, that is maybe a blog for another day. Today, I must remain serious for what is our freedom if it is not serious?

Call to Get Constitutional Dream Back

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says students and academics must help to get the country’s constitutional dream back on track.

Madonsela told students, academics and visitors at a public lecture on universities, academic freedom and the Protection of State Information Bill at the at the University of the Free State that, “We are not there yet."

Madonsela further says that academics could help by developing the law to better fight aspects of corruption.

Trade Union Demands Democratic Reforms

The newly formed Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) demands the registration and participation of political parties in next year’s parliamentary election, despite strong government opposition.

TUCOSWA president, Barnes Dlamini, points out that, “Now is the time for the country to allow political parties in terms of the elections.”

Call to Learn About the Constitution

President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to learn more about the Constitution in order to appreciate their rights.

Speaking at the Human Rights Day celebration at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, Zuma pointed out that, "If we understand our rights and practice them properly, we won't infringe on rights of others.”

He further challenged South Africans not only to familiarise themselves with the Constitution, but actively practice what is enshrined in it.

NUMSA Criticises NGO on Land Issue

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) has urged the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to work hard to ensure a 70 percent majority win for the African National Congress (ANC) in the next election, to pave the way for amendments to the property clause to speed up land redistribution.

NUMSA criticises the FW De Klerk Foundation which argues that the ANC sought to discard the country’s constitutional consensus by tampering with property rights through the green paper on land reform and the freedom of expression, among others.

JASA: Press Code Insufficient for Children

The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) says that the Press Code is not sufficient to protect children from being exposed to the publication of content on sexual conduct.

JASA advocate, Darryl Cooke, points out that, “By the time there is a complaint at the ombudsman, the danger has already occurred in the sense that the publication has already taken place."

Cooke was arguing in the Constitutional Court in a case which questions the constitutional validity of sections of the Film and Publications Act.

Bizoz, Madonsela, SAHRC, Reject Secrecy Bill

Thousands of citizens have joined veteran anti-apartheid lawyer, George Bizos, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, and the South African Human Rights Commission, in rejecting the ‘Secrecy Bill’ in the latest round of public submissions.

Bizos, in a legal opinion prepared for People against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty, pointed out that the current draft of the Bill, as it stands, runs contrary to and indeed threatens many of the fundamental values and principles enshrined in the South African constitution.


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