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Chapter nine institutions

Chapter nine institutions refer to a group of organisations established in terms of Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution to guard democracy. The institutions are:

  • the Public Protector
  • the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)
  • the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission)
  • the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
  • the Auditor-General
  • the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
  • an Independent Authority to Regulate Broadcasting.[1]

Though chapter nine calls for a broadcast regulator it does not specifically mandate the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Interpretations vary on whether Icasa is (or is not) a chapter nine institution.

Parliamentary review

In October 2006 an ad hoc parliamentary committee was established to investigate the chapter nine bodies with regard to employment procedures and institutional governance.[2] Also of concern was spending on the institutions and their lack of mandate to operate outside of the country.[3] The committee recommended the establishment of a directorate, under the office of the Speaker, to liaise with the institutions.[4]

See also

References

External links

  • Text of Chapter 9 at South African Government Information
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