BILLS BEFORE PARLIAMENT
There are as always, a significant number of bills before Parliament. For the full list of Bills
Among those are the following:
- Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill; (B19-2020) introduced 1 September 20202
Which, according to its description is to “ respect the right to privacy of an adult person to possess cannabis plant cultivation material; to cultivate a prescribed quantity of cannabis plants; to possess a prescribed quantity of cannabis; and to smoke and consume cannabis; ● regulate the possession of cannabis plant cultivation material; the cultivation of cannabis plants; the possession of cannabis; and the smoking and consumption of cannabis by an adult person; ● protect adults and children against the harms of cannabis; ● provide for the expungement of criminal records of persons convicted of possession or use of cannabis; ● delete and amend provisions of certain laws; and ● provide for matters connected therewith.”
- The Electoral Laws Amendment Bill (B22-2020) introduced 23 September 2020
Which according to its description is to amend the— • Electoral Commission Act, 1996, so as to insert certain definitions; to streamline the provisions for the registration of political parties; to provide for the registration of parties in respect of particular provinces, district and metropolitan municipalities and to repeal provisions relating to registration of parties in respect of particular local municipalities; to repeal obsolete provisions; • Electoral Act, 1998, so as to insert certain definitions; to amend the provisions regarding public access to the voters’ roll; to update references to repealed legislation; to amend provisions allowing voters to vote in a voting district where they are not registered; to amend provisions relating to the submission of lists of candidates; to amend provisions relating to special votes in elections for the National Assembly; to authorise the Commission to prescribe a different voting method; to amend provisions relating to the procedure concerning provisional results and voting materials; to provide for the limited applicability of the Code; to amend Schedule 3; and • Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, 2000, so as to insert and delete certain definitions; to amend the requirements for parties contesting elections by way of party lists and for a ward candidate to contest elections; to authorise the Commission to prescribe a different voting procedure for those voters whose names appear on the voters’ roll, without addresses; to authorise the Commission to prescribe a different voting method; to amend provisions relating to the effect of certain irregularities, and to provide for matters connected therewith”.
- The Employment Equity Amendment Bill (B14-2020): introduced 21 July 2020
Which, according to the description is “To amend the Employment Equity Act, 1998, so as to amend a definition; to insert certain definitions, to substitute a definition and to delete a definition; to provide for the Minister to identify sectoral numerical targets in order to ensure the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups; and to provide for matters connected therewith”.