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16 Law Democracy & Dev. 1 (2012)

handle is hein.journals/laacydev16 and id is 1 raw text is: Towards a more activist parliament
more engaged with civil society
Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Editorial note: What follows is the edited text of a speech delivered by Yunis
Carrim at the launch of the Community Law Centre's Parliamentary Programme
in Cape Town on 20 October 2010. It is reproduced here because of its relevance
to the topic of LDD's Special Collection for 2011/2012, Civil society participation
in Parliamentary oversight, as well as the importance of the issues it addresses
in the context of South Africa's evolving democratic practice.
I start with an apology. I was approached to speak some weeks ago. The topic
suggested was around making Parliament more effective and strengthening its
interaction with civil society. I explained that I now serve on the Executive, and it
might be more useful to have a senior parliamentary committee chairperson
speak on the topic - but the organisers wanted me to speak about my experiences
of chairing three parliamentary committees between 1998 and 2009 and how
these attempted to encourage civil society participation. I said that would be fine,


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