Submissions on proposed legislation


IRR Submission to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs regarding the Proposed Disaster Management Act Regulations Dated March 29 2022

1 April 2022 – In this submission to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on the Proposed Disaster Management Act Regulations, the IRR argues that there should be no further delay in ending the State of Disaster; that there can be no legal authority for extending disaster regulations once the state of disaster has ended; and that many of the Regulations proposed are irrational and hence unconstitutional.

IRR Oral Presentation: Hate Crimes, Hate Speech Bill [B9-2018]

29 March 2022 – In this oral presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services on the Combating and Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill of 2018, the IRR argues that the flaws in the Bill include hate speech provisions that are unconstitutional, and hate crime provisions that are unnecessary.

IRR Submission to the Department of Social Development, regarding the the Social Relief of Distress Procedure Manual under the Social Assistance Act of 2004

23 March 2022 – In this submission on the the Social Relief of Distress Procedure Manual under the Social Assistance Act of 2004, the IRR argues that oth the Manual and the Regulations (see the IRR’s 11 March 2022 submission on the Amended Regulations to the Social Assistance Act) should be abandoned until such time as a proper socio-economic impact assessment has been carried out and its results made available to the public.

IRR Submission to the Department of Social Development, regarding the Amended Regulations of 2022 to the Social Assistance Act of 2004

11 March 2022 – In this submission on the Amended Regulations of 2022 to the Social Assistance Act of 2004, the IRR warns that if the Regulations are adopted in their current form, the fiscal cliff will draw closer, growth will wither further, public debt and interest payments will expand, unemployment will worsen, and the jobless poor are likely to become ever more dependent on shrinking social grants that cannot be maintained.

Submission to the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition regarding the Draft Companies Amendment Bill of 2021

31 October 2021 – In this submission to the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition, the IRR recommends jettisoning all provisions in the Draft Companies Amendment Bill of 2021, including the wage-gap ones, that are calculated to deter investment, curtail growth, add to unemployment, and which will inevitably worsen the inequality problem that the measure is (supposedly) intended to help cure.

Submission to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services regarding the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill of 2018 [B9-2018]

1 October 2021 – This submission by the Institute of Race Relations to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services argues that the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill of 2018 is both unconstitutional and unnecessary and should be abandoned rather than pursued. The submission recommends that the government should instead focus on bringing the hate speech provisions in Pepuda into line with the Constitution.

Submission to the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, regarding the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill of 2021

13 August 2021 – The IRR’s submission on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill of 2021 argues that the best way forward for South Africa and all its people is to jettison both the EWC idea and any attempt to introduce state custodianship for land – and to leave Section 25 of the Constitution unchanged. It warns that the long-term economic consequences of the amendment bill are likely to be severe.

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