The Role of Commissions of Inquiry in Democratic South Africa
(9:00 to 10:45; Friday, 25 July 2014)
There are currently at least three Commissions of Inquiry running in South Africa which are receiving widespread attention. These are the Marikana Commission which is looking into the events at Marikana in August 2012, the Seriti Commission which is delving into the arms deal and the Khayelitsha Commission which is investigating policing in Khayelitsha. All of these commissions are relevant to the social justice sector and a number of public interest organisations are involved in these commissions (including Lawyers for Human Rights, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and the Legal Resources Centre). This panel will discuss South Africa’s historical experience of commissions of inquiry and the role of Commissions of Inquiry in democratic South Africa. It will also explore interesting differences between the current commissions in terms of the circumstances in which they were set up and their respective terms of reference.
Facilitator: Lisa Chamberlain (Centre for Applied Legal Studies)