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

Refugees Digest 6 June

Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons: The desperate attempts by displaced persons to reach Europe continues unabated, as does the tragedy
which plays out on the high seas. Alongside those difficulties the reception of refugees, migrants and displaced persons continues to be more and more muted.

Refugees Digest 5 May

Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons: In this Digest, we continue to explore the wide range of thought being brought to bear on the crises surrounding the movement of people across borders, oceans and through regions.

BP 405 Hidden Economic Burdens May 2016

On 5th April, CPLO held a roundtable discussion on Hidden Economic Burdens. In post-apartheid South Africa, more than 11 million credit-active South Africans find themselves over-indebted.

Upcoming & Recent Events

The New Public Protector, 28 June 2016

The process to choose South Africa’s next Public Protector is under way, and must be completed by the end of August. Parliament has called for nominations and will interview and shortlist candidates over the next few weeks.

Public Seminar: Is the Rainbow Nation at a Turning Point?, 29 June 2016

What do rising levels of protest and a depreciating economic and political climate mean for South Africa’s future? Is the Rainbow Nation at a turning point?

The Run-Up to Local Elections, 8 July 2016

On 3rd August South Africans will be heading to the polls for the fifth democratic local government elections. Various questions arise:…

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