Media

Every week we reach hundreds of thousands of people through placing arguments in the media in support of the principles we stand for. No other advocacy group in the country does as much as we do to promote support for policies that defend your right, and that of your community, to make decisions about your own life free from counter-productive government interference.

EWC or corruption-free governance, not both – IRR

12 November 2020 - The imminent court appearance of African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule on corruption charges risks being misjudged as a significant step in confronting the damage corruption is inflicting on South Africa.

Scrap e-voting from the electoral bill – IRR

11 November 2020 - More than 12 300 written submissions were sent in last week to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs to protest against the government’s plans to introduce an electronic voting system without adequate reason, costing, or public consultation. Yesterday, the committee responded to this public pressure by inviting the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to respond to the many objections raised.

Letter: Cruel to cut jobs in the public sector - Businesslive

10 November 2020 - It is unfortunate and cruel that business is assembling a lobby to press for job cuts in the civil service (“Hard decisions needed to tackle public sector pay, says Busa”, November 10). Cutting the civil service wage bill until it reaches the correct level of GDP is the wrong approach.

Keep calm, but beware the Expropriation Bill - Polity

10 November 2020 - Keep calm and carry on. If the weight of commentary around the Expropriation Bill could be summed up in a phrase, that would probably be it. Among those whose interests stand to be directly affected – bodies in the agricultural value chain – the sense is that the bill represents a reasonable solution to the fraught matter of expropriation without compensation (EWC). This is incorrect.

EWC or law and order, not both – IRR

10 November 2020 - Maintaining law and order is a key requirement of a functioning society, but when government officials act criminally themselves it becomes increasingly difficult to expect the broader society to adhere to the laws of the land.

Letter: Government clings to outdated ideologies, not IRR - Businesslive

9 November 2020 - Contrary to Patricia de Lille’s unfounded accusations against the Institute of Race Relations it is the government that keeps clinging to outdated ideologies — and so keeps rehashing the Expropriation Bill in the same unconstitutional form (“Land issue can do without bad analysis as Expropriation Bill is up to the task”, November 8).

John Steenhuisen gets off to a fighting start - Politicsweb

9 November 2020 - The acceptance speech by John Steenhuisen on his recent election as leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) hit all the right notes. He accurately diagnosed South Africa’s overriding problem, issued necessary warnings, set out an excellent criterion for evaluating remedies, and put forward those remedies within an unashamed liberal framework.

Letter: Equity legislation - The Witness

6 November 2020 - The belief that the Covid19 pandemic and the economic ravages of the lockdown would enable policy change and deliver long-elusive reform is increasingly showing itself to be illusory.

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