PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FRAMEWORK FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN LEGISLATIVE SECTOR
“… the people of South Africa finally chose a profoundly legal path to their revolution, those who frame and enact a constitution and law are in the vanguard of the fight for change. It is in the legislatures that the instruments have been fashioned to create a better life for all. It is here that oversight of government has been exercised. It is here that our society in all its formations has had an opportunity to influence policy and its implementation”.
President Nelson Mandela’s last speech to Parliament, 26 March 1999.
One of the founding values of the Republic of South Africa, as set out in the Constitution, is a system of democratic government to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness.
The South African Legislative Sector has an obligation to facilitate public participation and education. In order for effective education and public participation to take place, it is essential that the SA Legislative Sector is able to operate within a structured framework of participation that is aligned, transparent, accountable and which promotes fundamental democratic rights and social justice.
The sector-wide Framework for Public Participation for the SA Legislative Sector provides a documented platform for shared understanding, alignment and minimum requirements and guidelines for the practice of and reporting on Public Participation . This framework includes a comparative analysis; a best-fit approach; good practices in terms of Public Participation and possible best practices within the sector. All the critical, basic and common elements related to Public Participation are captured in this framework to ensure its robustness and sustainability.
This Public Participation Framework is aimed at and applicable to Parliament and Provincial Legislature in SA. This implies that each of these institutions need to undertake a comparison of their current processes and practices within Public Participation to the guidelines within this framework, and then to customise their own individual Public Participation strategy to ensure alignment.
The Public Participation Framework for the South African Legislative Sector was produced by the South African Legislative Sector Support. Visit their website here:
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