The Big Five: Four Bills you should know about, why you should care about them.

These bills are stuck because of the lack of public participation in parliament

Peter Leon

The Restitution Bill, The Private Security Bill, The MPRDA amendment Bill and the Land Expropriation Bill are all bits of legislation that have not been passed which could mean the laws were drafted but dos not make it past the parliamentary process this then usually calls for the courts intervention.

In many instances bills are rushed and passed towards certain periods like the general and local government elections without procedure being followed and the repercussions thoroughly considered.

Public participation is at the heart of our constitutional system and without it those bills should be thrown back to the drawing board.

What's commendable is that the president has also stepped in because with the expropriation bill he has indicated to the institute of race relations and others that he's minded to send it back to parliament

Peter Leon

Parliament as a whole does not get good legal advice and the presiding officers in parliament Clearly haven't been following the rules of parliament

Peter Leon

Listen to the full conversation between Bruce Whitfield and Peter Leon on the Money Show.

What the Constitutional court and the presidency is saying is that it is very important to have these bills constitutionally compliant

Peter Leon

This article first appeared on 702 : The Big Five: Four Bills you should know about, why you should care about them.


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