Parliament has appealed to the public to have its say about the effectiveness of laws in the country. The public can get involved by making submissions to an independent high-level panel that was established by the Speaker’s Forum in January. The forum is led by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise.
The purpose of the expert panel of 17, chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, is to probe legislation passed as far back as 1994 to determine the impact of the laws in practice.
The public has until July 20 to respond to the call and submit input on four focal areas: the review of legislation; assessment on the implementation of legislation; identifying gaps in legislation; and as proposing action that impacts on specific areas of legislation.
The panel will conduct its work through three parliamentary committees. These were the committee on tripartite challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment; committee on land reform; and committee on social cohesions and nation-building.
“The high-level panel strongly believes that inputs from the public will play a significant role in assisting it to perform its task,” parliament says in a statement.
Submissions can be written or oral.
Submissions could be written or oral and presented in any language. Organisations and individuals making submissions may be invited to make an oral presentation during provincial public hearings in order to provide more clarity.The panel includes former reserve bank governor Tito Mboweni, former UN high commissioner for human rights, Judge Navi Pillay. former CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council Dr Olive Shisana, former justice minister Brigitte Mabandla, and land reform expert Aninka Claassens.
More information is available on the parliamentary website at www.parliament.gov.za