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

Briefing Paper 430: Alternative Forms of Land Ownership

The history of land dispossession in South Africa has been argued and studied and analysed for years.

Briefing Paper 429: Budget 2017: What are the Options for the Poor?

The phrase ‘the option for the poor’, which is a cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching, was first coined by the Jesuit leader, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, in 1968 in a letter to his confreres in Latin America.

BP 428 Older Persons and Accommodation April 2017

“To deal effectively with the plight of older persons by establishing a framework aimed at the empowerment and protection of older persons and at the promotion and maintenance of their status, rights, well-being, safety and security; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”

Upcoming & Recent Events

The Sustainable Development of the South African Ocean Economy, 31 May 2017

Operation Phakisa was launched in July 2014 by President Jacob Zuma following a state visit to Malaysia where he was introduced to
Malaysia’s Big Fast Results Methodology, which that country used successfully to achieve rapid economic transformation.

State Capture in the Criminal Justice Sector, 19 May 2017

The acting police commissioner is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID); IPID head Robert McBride is being investigated by the Hawks; former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza is under investigation by IPID.

JNB Roundtable: Community Protests: A means to make local government listen? 9 May 2017

Community Protests: A means to make local government listen?