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Submission on Proposed Amendments to the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act

Although the Catholic Church, along with most mainstream Christian denominations, does not embrace the practice of polygamous marriage, we fully recognize that it is a common form of marriage in our country. Furthermore, we have long been aware that aspects of polygamous marriages discriminate unfairly against women. This has now been highlighted by the judgment of the Constitutional Court which has prompted the current amendments.

Response: The Higher Education Budget

On 17th May 2018, Minister Naledi Pandor delivered the Budget for the Department of Higher Education.
She prefaced her remarks by underlining three important imperatives that have shaped this budget. Firstly, the impact of the #feesmustfall and the decolonisation of higher education protests over the past three years; secondly, the need to produce skilled graduates well able to play a role in knowledge creation in different spheres, and thus contribute to inclusive economic growth; and thirdly, the increasing focus on the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and its implications for the business and education sectors.

Family Digest 19

On Friday, 25th May, the people of Ireland voted in a historic referendum on whether or not to repeal a constitutional clause protecting the rights of the unborn. Voters were asked if they wanted to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of mother and unborn child.

Refugees Digest 27

On 23rd April Pope Francis said very forthrightly: “I think of the abomination of human trafficking, crimes and abuses against minors, the horror of slavery still present in many parts of the world; the frequently overlooked tragedy of migrants, who are often victims of disgraceful and illegal manipulation.”

Refugees Digest 26

This Digest, while covering several general topical issues in this sector, also takes a closer look at some current policy issues which have a bearing on discussions in different parts of the world. Issues such as re-settlement, family reunification and the gender dimensions of migration are underlined.

Newsletter Volume 33

The first Roundtable of 2018 was addressed by three speakers: Adv Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector and now Professor of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University; Mr John Jeffery, the Deputy-Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development; and Professor Pierre de Vos, Professor of Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town.

Family Digest 18

While the civil claim against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in the matter of the death by drowning of little Michael Bopape in a pit latrine at a school in Limpopo was awaiting judgement, came the appalling news of yet another death of a small child, Lumka Mketwa, in a pit latrine at a school in the Bizana district of the Eastern Cape.

Refugees Digest 25

It is trite to say that the crises linked to displaced persons continue unabated and that there is an increasing hardening of attitudes towards displaced persons in many countries.

Refugees Digest 24

The scourge of trafficking in persons continues unabated. Pope Francis is on record as having said that human trafficking is worsening and that in some instances the evidence brings one to doubt the real commitment of some important players. It is estimated that women and girls constitute 79% of victims of modern slavery.

Family Digest 17

The current outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa is one of the largest ever recorded in the world. It has claimed 180 lives to date, and has resulted in the hospitalization of hundreds more.

Refugees Digest 23

The issue of the free movement of peoples in Africa is a regarded as a key aspect in unlocking Africa’s economic potential. It is also a crucial consideration in considering policies around migration.

Submission on the National Minimum Wage Bill

The CPLO welcomes the opportunity to comment on the National Minimum Wage Bill. Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has upheld the ideal of the ‘just wage’: an amount sufficient for the worker’s own support and for that of his/her family, with proper provision made for old age and for emergencies.

Response: A Holding Cabinet

After the almost tsunami-like wave of euphoria that greeted Jacob Zuma’s handover of the reins of leadership to Cyril Ramaphosa, a wave boosted by the latter’s strong State of the Nation Address, it was inevitable that a measure of realpolitik would intrude at some stage.

Digest: The 2018 Budget

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, delivered his Budget Speech on Wednesday which spelled hard times ahead for South Africans, more specifically for the poor.