Former President Motlanthe to lead high level panel on laws in East London

AUGUST 11, 2016

The High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change will be in East London on Tuesday and Wednesday for the start of its provincial public hearings on laws passed since 1994. The hearings are taking place at the Abbotsford Christian Centre, 28 Wyse Avenue Abbotsford, East London.

Chaired by former President Kgalema Motlanthe, the panel has called on local residents to attend the hearings to talk about their experience of these laws. Have they made life better and how? Have there been problems with applying the laws? What gaps should be filled?

The panel’s focus areas are:

  • Poverty, unemployment, inequality and equitable distribution of wealth
  • Land reform and rural development
  • Social cohesion and nation building

The Speakers’ Forum, which is a structure of the South African Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures, appointed the Panel in January to assess the effectiveness of key legislation passed by Parliament and Provincial Legislatures since 1994.

It will do this through public consultations across the country and other research processes.

The panel will also assess implementation of our laws, identify gaps and propose necessary interventions and recommendations. It is scheduled to submit its final report in August 2017, when the report will be launched at a media briefing.