IMPLEMENTATION OF LEGISLATION IS INEFFECTIVE
*Caption: The panel is chaired by the Statesman and former trade unionist Kgalema Motlanthe.
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
The High-Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change held its fourth provincial public hearings on Thursday in Durban.
The public and stakeholders come in numbers to make oral submissions to the panel, chaired by former President, Kgalema Motlanthe at the Olive Convention Centre.
Panellist, Dr Yvonne Muthien asked the attendees to look at the laws that divide or bind the nation.
“It’s your duty as the public to critically analyse what is against the social cohesion and what can be done to improve it,” said Muthien.
She added that they are aware of the importance of practices and customs in achieving total nation building.
Paul Kariuki of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Civil Society Coalition, said there are still negatives in the post-apartheid laws.
“Government have a legislation that takes care of children from the poor background but there is no exit plan,” he said.
“What happens if you were receiving the child support grant and you have reached the adult age (18)?” Kariuki asked.
He proposed that the Social Assistance Act of 1992 should be thoroughly reviewed.
The National Health Insurance (NHI) and Land Policy were some issues that the panel, stakeholders and the public felt are urgent and should be urgently addressed.
Mbhekiseni Mavuso from Melmoth criticised the laws of the democratic government.
“Everything belongs to the government or certain elites. You find that the land we live in belongs to the trust (Ingonyama) that we don’t know where it seats. What are we owning as the ordinary citizens?” asked Mavuso.
On labour, Edwin Mkhize of Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) KZN, urged the panel to look at the issue of labour brokers and youth wage subsidy.
“These two issues have been concerning us for years, the government needs to prioritise its workers and citizens.” said Mkhize.
After visiting all the provinces, the panel will make a report and submit it to the Speaker’s Forum in the Legislature.