SAHA submissions

SAHA parliamentary and amicus Submissions

SAHA has been invited on occassion to render submissions on various matters in a variety of capacities. The submissions range from court papers as amicus to those proceedings to critical commentary on new legislation. What follows is a list of submissions made to date by SAHA either in its personal capacity or as a member of a civil society network:

 

Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Jounalism v Minister of Public Works Case No. 67574/12

SAHA served as amicus curia in the Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism's (amaBhungane) court application, brought to force the Department of Public Works to release records on the upgrading of the President's Nkandla Homestead under a PAIA request. In April 2014 the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordered the department to provide amaBhungane with the records requested - View the Heads of Argument submitted by SAHA 

Brummer v Minister for Social Development and Others [2009] ZACC 21

SAHA was not involved in this case due to any particular PAIA request, but acted as first amicus in order to alert the court of the difficulties of trying to apply to court within the thirty days required by PAIA.

Heard on 26 May 2009, the applicant was successful in the Constitutional Court and the period was extended to 180 days to assist parties in coming to court after the stage of internal appeal - View the Heads of Argument submitted by SAHA

Julia Gomes Lund and Others v. The Federal Republic of Brazil (Guerrilha do Araguaia Case) Case No. 11.552

A Submission to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the Open Democracy Advice Centre, and the South African History Archive - View the Heads of Argument submitted

 

Submission to the South African Human Rights Commission

A submission by SAHA to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after the SAHRC put out an invitation for written submissions to the PAIA CSN for suggestions on amendments to PAIA, which the SAHRC may include in their recomendations to Parliament in terms of their section 83 rights. - View the submission

General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill

SAHAs submission to the Ad Hoc Committee for the opportunity to comment on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill currently being considered by the committee - View the submission

Protection of State Information Bill

A submission by SAHA to the Ad Hoc Committee for the opportunity to comment on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill currently being considered by the committee - View the submission

Private Funding of Political Parties

A submission by SAHA to the Ad Hoc Committee on the funding of political parties - View the submission