NGO Urges Committee to Take Hearings ‘Seriously’

OSISA urges a parliamentary portfolio committee to take public hearings into the selection of commissioners ‘seriously’

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) says that given the dire straits in which the Gender Commission finds itself, the parliamentary portfolio committee responsible for the selection of new commissioners has a duty to take the process of public hearings seriously.

OSISA executive director, Sisonke Msimang, points out that the hearings that took place at the end of last week did little to inspire the confidence the commission so badly needs.

Msimang states that as she opened the two-day hearings, chairperson of the portfolio committee overseeing the process, Ruth Bhengu, made it clear that she has no time for what she termed, "The class of NGOs calling themselves civil society."

To read the article titled, “Parliamentary scorn for civil society a cause for concern,” click here.

Source: 
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