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The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) is an office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). It is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church – as part of civil society – to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments.

Latest Publications

Briefing Paper 599 – The Government of National Unity by Mike Pothier

Whether one calls it a government of national unity (which it isn’t really, since the third and fourth largest parties, accounting for nearly a quarter of the vote, are not in it) or a grand coalition (which it is, given that no less than eleven parties are participating), the administration announced by Cyril Ramaphosa on 30th June constitutes the most significant development […]

Briefing Paper 598 – Advocating for the Rights of Children: Child Labour by Lois Law

Although somewhat less publicised than so-called conventional forms of child abuse and neglect, internationally, historically and currently, the most prevalent form of child abuse is child labour.3  Observed on 12th June each year, World Day Against Child Labour is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. The day emphasizes the link between social justice and child […]

Democracy Digest 12 – Delicate and Slow – the Process of Building Coalitions by Mike Pothier

South Africa’s putative Government of National Unity consists of rather more parties (ten) than are usually found in a coalition, and it aspires not just to govern but to recapture the shared purpose that animated the nation in the immediate post-democracy period, getting us back on track after a period of misgovernance and loss of direction. But for […]

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