Parliament has appointed a High Level Panel whose mandate it is to investigate the impact of legislation in respect of the following areas:
- The Triple Challenges of Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality;
- The creation of, and equitable distribution of wealth;
- Land reform, restitution, redistribution and security of tenure;
- Nation building and social cohesion.
The legislation in question would include that which has the greatest direct impact on the citizens of South Africa, such as combating poverty, services and the delivery thereof, education, health, employment, housing, combating crime, social development and the legislation that seeks to protect and improve the lives of women and children.
The High Level Panel aims to review legislation, assess implementation, identify gaps and propose action steps that impact on specific areas. This will be done with a view to identifying laws that require strengthening, review and/or amending. In other words, this intervention will entail the identification of existing legislation that enables the transformational goals of the developmental state, as well as laws that impede this goal.
We have submitted our input to Committee 1, which will investigate the triple challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment – including the creation and equitable distribution of wealth, and Committee 2, which will examine the extent to which land reform policies and legislation give effect to Section 25 of the Constitution and the extent to which they are adequately enforced.
The outcome of the work of the High Level Panel will be a package of recommendations that will be considered by the South African Legislative Sector. A period of 18 months, starting in January 2016, has been allocated for the completion of the High Level Panel’s work and the Panel will conduct its work through the following three Committees.