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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 586 – The Impact of Digital Technology on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide by Tanyaradzwa Gwenhure

In 2018, social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp were instrumental in mobilizing South African women, gender non-conforming people, and the LGBTQIA+ community to carry out a national shut down in response to the rising rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBV&F).1 This national shutdown led to extensive legislative reform aimed at ending GBV&F. BP 586 The Impact of Digital Technology […]

Economic Digest 43 – Budget 2024: Balancing what South Africans want and what South Africa needs by Kenny Pasensie

It may be Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s last budget speech, but it will certainly be his most impactful. His task is made even more difficult because South Africa will be going to the polls soon, forcing the Minister to walk a very fine line between maintaining fiscal credibility and finding the money to prioritise his […]

Response – 14th February 2024 – Undermining the Status of Parliament by Mike Pothier

Last Thursday’s State of the Nation Address went off without the tedious disruptions that we have become used to over the past few years. This was partly due to the absence of the EFF members of Parliament, who boycotted the event in solidarity with their leader and five other senior MPs who had been suspended […]

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