Quote of the week

Once the powers and functions have been assigned, the Deputy President and Ministers are responsible for the executive powers and functions assigned to them. These provisions make plain that members of the Cabinet are accountable independently and collectively to Parliament for the exercise of their powers and performance of their functions. For good measure, section 92(3) of the Constitution restates the obvious which is that, when they exercise the powers assigned to them, members of the Cabinet must act in accordance with the Constitution. This is significant because once Cabinet ministers are assigned powers and functions by the President they are not mere vassals of the President. They bear the duty and the responsibility to fulfil the duties and functions so assigned which in practice take the form of political and executive leadership of specified state departments. The Constitution makes the point that besides the duty to account to the head of the national executive, cabinet ministers bear the responsibility to report and account to Parliament on how they execute their executive duties.

Moseneke DCJ
Von Abo v President of the Republic of South Africa (CCT 67/08) [2009] ZACC 15; 2009 (10) BCLR 1052 (CC) ; 2009 (5) SA 345 (CC) (5 June 2009)
15 October 2009

Invitation to African Human Rights Day Celebration on 21 October 2009

The Legal Resources Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

invite you to attend a celebration of

Africa Human Rights Day

on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 at 13:00

Venue:

Dean King Hall

St George’s Cathedral

5 Wale Street

Cape Town

Speaker:

Prof Michelo Hansungule

Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists

Eminent expert on African human rights

‘South Africa’s role in the African regional human rights system: achievements and outstanding commitments’

followed by a panel discussion.

RSVP please by Monday, 19 October 2009 to Wilmien Wicomb at

wilmien@lrc.org.za

tel: (021) 481 3000

fax: (021) 423 0935

For more information on the host organizations, go to www.lrc.org.za and www.chr.up.ac.za.

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