Workstream One

ACTIVE CITIZENRY, CAPABLE STATE AND LEADERSHIP


The overall objectives of the work stream on active citizenry, capable state and leadership work stream are:

Rallying bold and courageous leadership across society

Mobilising active citizens to enforce accountability and take responsibility

Promoting dialogue with citizens through listening and building trust

The eradication of corruption

Providing voice to the excluded

Ending state and citizen violence

Promoting social cohesion and nation building

To this end, the work stream’s work plan focused on the following:

Focus:

Reviewing and removing blockages with regard to NDP proposals on public sector performance – organisation of state, professionalization, career management etc.

Activities:

Reviewed NDP recommendation on developing a capable state and assess implementation and mechanism to unblock progress

Progress:

Key elements identified and engagement with outcome facilitators on progress, also on the Management Performance Assessment Tool (MPAT) and the Local Government Management Improvement Mechanism (LGMIM). While there are lots of activities being implemented to improve the capability of the state the stabilisation of the administrative-political interface through the appointment of and administrative head of the civil service is not proceeding. Instability (as evidenced by the short tenure of Directors-General will probably persist until progress is made on this issue.

Focus:

Driving strategies to communicate the NDP & engage with citizens thus contributing to a culture of dialogue & conversation

Activities:

Until recently, the work stream also included the Communications Task Team which has now started operating independently. Commissioners participated in an extensive engagement programme

Progress:

Under this task team, engagements were held with SASOL, FOSAD and Universities South Africa, amongst others. Under this focus group work was also initiated on the Children’s NDP, focusing on engaging with children and mobilising them around the NDP

Focus:

Assessing the implementation of the NDP & MTSF on crime, justice and corruption and facilitate removing obstacles

Activities:

Commissioners under the leadership of Commissioner Dutton engaged key integrated justice cluster stakeholders around key themes in the NDP on crime and corruption and generated a range of recommendations for consideration by the NPC Plenary.

Progress:

Based on engagements the team developed recommendations related to access to justice, accountability in the criminal justice system, crime against women and children and fighting corruption

Key recommendations for endorsement by the NPC were:

The indicators of crime in the MTSF and other planning documents must be revisited to ensure NDP alignment, and also to drive cooperation between the components of the integrated justice sector. Successful convictions should be considered as a key indicator

The National Anti-Corruption Forum must be re-established, strengthened and properly resourced to carry out its valuable role.

A selection panel should be established by the President that must interview and select candidates for the posts of the National Commissioner of SAPS and Deputies; as well as the National Director of Public Prosecutions and Deputies against objective criteria. The President should also consider appointing persons to these posts from recommendations and proposals received from the selection panel so appointed to advise the President.

A national forum for cooperation on Gender-based Violence must be re-established, strengthened and properly resourced

As a country we must adhere to international conventions and the constitution (to ensure that children are protected from harm) by outlawing punishment in homes)

Introduction of auditing of case-files by civilians, as a limited oversight mechanism to increase the effectiveness of investigations.

Focus:

Transparent NDP implementation measurement including the contribution of non-state actors to allow proper assessment of progress and identification of areas where corrective actions are required to get delivery on track.

Activities:

Extensive engagements between Commissioners and with outcome facilitators and experts to develop an appropriate measurement framework.

Progress:

The work led by Commissioner Landman has resulted in development of a report on progress with implementation of the 119 actions identified in the NDP as well as the identification of 54 proposed priority areas for measuring NDP Implementation phase (2019-2024)

Focus:

Provide leadership and support to Government with the development of the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) in line with the vision in the NDP, guidance for the NSDF provided in terms of Chapter 8 of the NDP and provisions of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act.

Activities:

Stakeholder consultations (initially led by the NPC in 2017, collaboratively with NSDF team in 2018) and input into government processes towards the development of the NSDF to ensure the NSDF are in line with NDP, facilitates NDP outcomes; ensure the plan is cross cutting and involves all relevant role players and raise the profile of the NSDF during its development.

Progress:

The development of the NSDF is currently in progress with support of service providers.

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