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The Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church – as part of civil society – to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments.

 

 

Latest Publications


  • Land Digest 4: Expropriation without Compensation As Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee starts to finalise its report on the extensive hearings it conducted around the country on land expropriation without compensation, political and ideological perspectives on the question abound.
  • Summary of the SACBC Land Submssion The Catholic Church, as a religious body, does not consider itself competent to pronounce on whether or not an amendment to s 25 of the Constitution is necessary in order to facilitate expropriation without compensation.
  • Response: The Reinstatement of the Death Penalty The death penalty was suspended in SA in February 1990, and finally abolished by the Constitutional Court in 1995. Before its suspension, SA had one of the highest rates of judicial execution in the world,1 with over 3000 people hanged between 1959 and 1989.
  • Family Digest 20: Infant Deaths at Thelle Mogorane Hospital During July, August and September six neonates, babies less than one month old, died as a consequence of Klebsiella infection at the Thelle Mogorane Hospital in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

Upcoming & Recent Events


  • Violence & Migrant Women: A Global Problem needing Local Solutions, 25 September 2018 Gendered power relations are often reproduced and exacerbated during migration, which often leaves women even more susceptible to all forms of gender-based violence and abuse during the migration process. This abuse often continues when settling in a new country.
  • PTA Roundtable – The 2019 General Elections: Will we be ready for it? 24 August 2018 These HSF collaboration Roundtables were held in Cape Town and Pretoria respectively. The theme was the same for both discussions – an examination of the work of the Electoral Commission in preparing for next year’s national and provincial election (NPE), with further contributions from civil society organisations. The speakers were Dr Nomsa Masuku, Deputy Chief ...
  • Climate Change & Food Security: The Impact on Rural Women, 16 August 2018 The effects of climate change are being felt across the globe, and South Africa is not spared from these implications. Like in many other developing countries, the burden will weigh on the most vulnerable of the society. Climate change threatens livelihoods, infrastructure and the development gains of the country. Agriculture is central to the livelihoods ...
  • The 2019 General Elections: Will we be ready for it? 17 August 2018 These HSF collaboration Roundtables were held in Cape Town and Pretoria respectively. The theme was the same for both discussions – an examination of the work of the Electoral Commission in preparing for next year’s national and provincial election (NPE), with further contributions from civil society organisations. The speakers were Dr Nomsa Masuku, Deputy Chief ...