n SA Crime Quarterly - Editorial

Volume 2009, Issue 33
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



The past few months have been exceptionally busy for civil society in South Africa. A number of key pieces of legislation reached the point of public comment - some for the second time.

The Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Bill, the Civilian Secretariat of the Police Services Bill as well as the hugely controversial Protection of Information Bill have all drawn considerable public comment. This is the good news. Despite the often very short timeframes given by parliament for civil society to consider and make input on draft legislation, there has been no shortage of public comment on any of these pieces of legislation. This is an indication of the importance that civil society ascribes to the issues of civilian oversight of the police, human trafficking and the state's commitment (or lack thereof) to transparency and accountability. It is also a sign of a healthy democracy that the portfolio committees have accepted many of the changes to the draft legislation that were requested by civil society.

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