n AfricaGrowth Agenda - Current state of legislation in South Africa - a country overregulated and undergoverned?

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


In May last year, the speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, chided its members for the poor quality of legislation that it was approving. Such measures would be returned for correction, either by the National Council of Provinces or after having been found in court to be unconstitutional. Rightly, he reminded the Assembly's members that they had an obligation to ensure that the legislation processed was both in line with the country's constitution, and processed with an appropriately diligent and professional understanding of the matters at stake. Failure to do so, he suggested, would compromise the country's most vulnerable.

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