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ARTICLE: AN ANALYSIS: THE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY BILL

SA legislature-foterThe achievement of equality and non-sexism are two of the key founding values of the Constitution. Section 9 of the Constitution gives effect to these values by creating the right to equality before the law and equal protection and benefit of the law. Hence, in late 2013, the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill (the Bill) was introduced in Parliament.

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ARTICLE: YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

poster-party-foterThe right to vote is one of the most basic and fundamental rights in a democracy. It is the primary manner in which citizens exercise their right to choose those who must represent them. It is also the primary manner in which citizens can influence the quality of government – in other words the responsiveness, transparency and accountability of those elected to serve the people as their representatives.

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SUBMISSION: CONCISE SUBMISSIONS ON THE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY BILL [B50-2013]

  1. empowerment-discussion-foterThe Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) is a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to upholding the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution). To this end, the Centre seeks to promote the values, rights and principles provided for in the Constitution, to monitor developments including policy and draft legislation that might affect the Constitution and the values, rights or principles provided therein, to inform people and organisations of their constitutional rights and to assist them in claiming their rights.
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CASE DISCUSSION: ALLPAY CONSOLIDATED INVESTMENT HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD AND CASH PAYMASTER SERVICES (PTY) LTD (CPS)

social-grants-foterFor many people in South Africa the payment of social grants by the state is essential for survival. Indeed, almost 16 million South Africans depend on social grants, which constitute the principle source of income for the bottom 30% of our population. Given that the ideals of dignity, freedom and equality form the core values of our Constitution and the fact that so many vulnerable South Africans have no other financial recourse but social grants, it is imperative that the process making this possible is not only untainted and transparent, but also that it is managed in a sound manner and that those who administer it are properly accountable.

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SUBMISSION: CONCISE SUBMISSIONS ON THE EMPLOYMENT EQUITY AMENDMENT BILL [31B-2012]

worker1. The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) is a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to upholding the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa , 1996 (the Constitution). To this end, the Centre seeks to promote the values, rights and principles provided for in the Constitution, to monitor developments including policy and draft legislation that might affect the Constitution and the values, rights or principles provided therein, to inform people and organisations of their constitutional rights and to assist them in claiming their rights.

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STATEMENT: CFCR CONDEMNS VIOLENT PROTEST AND ALLEGED INCITEMENT OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR IN CAPE TOWN

violence-cape-town The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) strongly condemns the violent and criminal behaviour by protestors resulting in shops and stalls of informal traders being looted and vandalised during a protest in Cape Town’s CBD today. The CFCR also condemns the reported incitement of criminal behaviour by African National Congress (ANC) councillor, Loyiso Nkhola, which allegedly led to today’s actions.

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STATEMENT: CFCR DEPLORES REMARKS AND SLOGANS BY JULIUS MALEMA AND SUPPORTERS OF THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS

julius malema The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) noted with much concern recent comments made by Julius Malema in his capacity as leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party. These comments, including “If white people want a permanent honeymoon, they must deliver the stolen property” and “you [whites] are more than welcome…this is your country, no one should make you [feel] threatened, but you will be unsettled if you are not ready to heed the call”, serve no purpose but to create racial division and animosity.

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ARTICLE: NO PLACE FOR RACISM IN OUR SOCIETY

hands-of-harmony The Constitution enshrines the values, rights and principles of the society we aspire to be, yet are still struggling to become. These values – including dignity, achievement of equality, the advancement of human rights and freedom, non-racialism and non-sexism – have little value on paper, unless given life by a society. We still have to achieve real and substantive equality in many areas of our society. For some of us – irrespective of race – the real meaning of equality still evades us. It is quite often viewed as what to get or keep instead of what to give. The biggest hurdle we are facing as a society in this regard, is not how to achieve equality by way of policies, programmes and legislation (although the latter certainly deserve some scrutiny of its own), but rather how to overcome our own prejudices.

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