CAPE TOWN, Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has encouraged active citizenry, saying the business of politics is too important to be left to politicians alone.
Addressing a meeting of lawyers under the umbrella of “Public Interest Law” being held at the University of the Western Cape here Tuesday, he presented some preliminary findings of the High Level Panel which was established by the Speakers of both houses of Parliament over a year ago to assess the impact of all the laws passed by the democratic Parliament.
Motlanthe, who chairs the High Level Panel, said questions on land distribution and restitution dominated the hearings of the panel. Poverty, inequality, unemployment, land and labour questions were some of the issues that the former president touched on.
This (land) is an issue that demands utmost if not urgent attention of government, the preliminary findings of working group 2 include the following, and restitution has gotten conflated with distribution which in many instances is not benefiting the intended beneficiaries. Redistribution (of land) has for all practical purposes grounded to a halt due to many incoherent policies.”
Motlanthe called on South African civil society to get involved in democratising the country. He said democracy could only be enhanced through accountability, legislation which fosters public participation and good governance.
“The High Level Panel believes that democracy can be enhanced through active citizenship and good governance, consequently legislation and measures that foster public participation, accountability, access to information and food governance in general are reviewed to identify challenges in legislation and implementation. Through our engagement in the past 17 months the notion was reaffirmed that the business of politics is too important to be left to politicians.”
Motlanthe said the findings and recommendations of the High Level Panel would be handed over to the Speakers of both houses of Parliament at the end of August. The aim is to identify challenges in the legislation and its implementation. Legislation found to be impeding service delivery will be repealed.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK