Publication Type: Parliamentary & Other Submissions

Submissions Criminal Law Sexual Offences Related Matters Act Amendment Bill

Submissions with respect to the Criminal Law Sexual Offences & Related Matters Act Amendment Bill [B 16-2020]

The South African Constitution has been regarded as one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. The esteemed Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her tenure as a US Supreme Court Justice is on record for having said, “That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had …

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Submissions Call Public Comment Gauteng Com Oversightbill

Submissions with respect to the call for public comment on the Gauteng Com Oversightbill

This submission analyses the Community Safety Bill considering the White Paper on Safety and Security (White Paper) endorsed by Cabinet in April 2016. The White Paper provides a strategic policy level and integrated approach for community safety, crime prevention and addressing violence in accordance with the National Development Plan’s objective of “Building Safer Communities”. The …

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Submissions Prescription Civil Criminal Matters Sexual Offences Amendment Bill

Submissions with respect to the Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill [B 22b-2019]

The Constitutional Court’s decision in Levenstein and Others v Estate of the Late Sidney Lewis Frankel and Others 2018 ZACC 16 placed an onus on Parliament to enact remedial legislation within 24 months that would bring into effect its ruling on the unconstitutionality of Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act of 1977. Section …

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Sonke Mosaic FHR UN Rapporteur Submission

Joint Submission on COVID-19 and the Increase of Domestic Violence Against Women

Sonke Gender Justice, The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) and Mosaic Training Service and Healing Centre would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, for the opportunity to submit inputs on the increase of gender-based violence against women and domestic violence in the context of …

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Submissions Draft National Youth Policy 2020-2030

Submissions on the Draft National Youth Policy 2020-2030

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, established in 2006. Today, Sonke has established a growing presence on the African continent and plays an active role internationally. Sonke works to create the change necessary for men, womxn, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development …

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DJF Criminal Matters Bill Submission

Submission to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services regarding the Criminal Matters Amendment Draft Bill, 2020

The Detention Justice Forum (‘DJF’) is a civil society coalition of non-governmental organisations and individuals working to ensure that the rights and well-being of those who are detained are respected and upheld, as enshrined under the South African Constitution, laws, and regional and international human rights norms and standards. Our membership includes community organisations, lawyers, …

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Submission Domestic Violence Amendment Bill

Submissions on the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, established in 2006. Today, Sonke has established a growing presence on the African continent and plays an active role internationally. Sonke works to create the change necessary for men, womxn, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development …

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Submission DCS JCS Annual Performance Plan

Submission to the Department of Correctional Services and the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Correctional Services

The Detention Justice Forum (DJF) is a civil society coalition of non-governmental organisations and individuals working to ensure that the rights and well-being of those who are detained are respected and upheld, as enshrined under the South African Constitution, laws, and regional and international human rights norms and standards. Our membership includes community organisations, lawyers, …

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Sonke White Paper Home Affairs Submission

Sonke Gender Justice Submissions on the White Paper on Home Affairs

The framework centers around three mandates of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) namely to manage the official identity and status of persons, manage international migration and to manage asylum seekers and refugees. This White Paper attempts to address previous historical gaps in the DHA by “replacing the current model by repositioning the Department of …

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Submissions Third Childrens Amendments Bill

Submissions on the Third Children’s Amendments Bill

Sonke welcomes the opportunity to make submissions on the amendments to the children’s bill. Sonke’s submissions will focus primarily on the aspects of corporal punishment and its relation to ending violence of all forms against children.

Sonke Complaint Mduduzi Manana

Continuous breach of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests for Assembly and Permanent Council Members by Honourable Member Mduduzi Manana

On or about 6 May 2018, it was reported that charges of assault were filed against Manana at the Douglasdale police station in relation to the assault of his former domestic worker, Ms Catherine Wiro (‘Wiro’). It is alleged that Manana pushed Wiro down the stairs. Despite Wiro having withdrawn the charges filed against Manana, …

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Submission Civil Union Act Amendment Bill

Submission to the Speaker of the National Assembly on The Civil Union Amendment Bill

Sonke supports real marriage equality. The Civil Union Act extends recognition of marriage rights to two partners regardless of their gender and sex, thereby allowing same-sex partners the right to enter into a civil union. However, section 6 of the Civil Union Act remains problematic, and together with civil society partners, Sonke supports the removal …

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Sonke Gender Justice Submission Sahrc National Hearings

Submission of Sonke Gender Justice: SAHRC national hearing on social cohesion and xenophobia in South Africa

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) two-day national investigative hearings on migration, xenophobia and social cohesion held on 7 and 8 February 2018 calls on relevant government departments, regulatory bodies, civil society organisations, researchers, academics, media entities, and social commentators to contribute towards awareness-raising on issues pertaining to social inclusion of migrant communities in …

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Letter Parliamentary Ethics Committee

Breach of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests for Assembly and Permanent Council Members by Honourable Member Mduduzi Manana

In the early hours of the morning on 6 August 2017, Mr Manana, by his own admission, physically assaulted Ms Mandisa Duma and at least one other person at a nightclub in Fourways, Johannesburg. Ms Duma subsequently laid criminal charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm against Mr Manana with the South …

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