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Current Parliamentary Submissions

Teddy Bear Clinic Caset
  • 2015-03-03
JASA submission regarding public hearings, held on 3 March 2015. (37kb Word document)


WEGE Bill in Parliament
  • 2014-01-29
Oral Submission In Respect Of Women Empowerment And Gender Equality Bill Of 2013 (40kb Word document)


'Protection of Information Bill':
November 24 2011: JASA has written to the Chairperson of the NCOP again urging him to ensure that public hearings are held next year in all the Provinces and in Cape Town. Failure to do so will be a breach of sections 72 and 118 of the Constitution and result in an application to strike the Bill down as in John Smyth's successful Doctors for Life case. See below for relevant documents.

  • 2011-11-23
Media Release (170kb pdf document)
  • 2011-11-23
Letter to Chairperson (130kb pdf document)
  • 2011-11-23
Letter published in Business Day 23 Nov 2011 (170kb pdf document)
Previous action on this issue:
  • 2010-11-25
In a letter (129kb pdf document), JASA has reminded Parliament of the obligation on the other house of Parliament to hold its own public hearings on the Bill once it is passed by the National Assembly next year.
  • 2010-11-25
In a media release (84kb pdf document) JASA has urged stakeholders and members of the public to prepare to renew the battle next year.
  • 2008-06-22
Submission of JASA to the Ad-Hoc Committee On Intelligence (National Assembly) Protection of Information Bill 2008 (55kb pdf document)


Bill to protect children and women from internet and cell phone pornography:
Following JASA's drafting of a Bill for the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs late last year, John Smyth and Trudie Broekmann were invited to meet with the new Deputy Minister, the Hon Fatima Chohan on 9 November 2011. We presented the minister with a further draft of the Bill (see below) which would mean that any ISP or mobile phone operator who failed to filter out pornography would lose its licence to operate. The Minister is now to consult with her senior Minister and with her ministerial colleagues in the Department of Communications.

  • 2011-11-09
Latest draft to Bill (46kb Word document).
Government Internet Porn Conference: Mon & Tues 26/27 July 2010, Cape Town: John Smyth and Peter Mancer (MD of Watchdog Int), will address the Conference. John will speak as to the constitutional legal issues. Peter Mancer, global expert, will explain how pornography can be filtered out of the internet and the costs involved.
  • 2010-07-22
Media release (166kb pdf document).


Gambling Legislation
  • 2010-03-16
In response to a request from the Gambling Review Commisssion JASA presented its submission in Cape Town on March 16. John Smyth was on the stand for over an hour answering questions; he was interviewed on Cape Talk, and well reported in the Cape Times the following day. (330kb pdf document)
  • 2009-10-27
Submission of JASA to the National Assembly of Parliament Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee Hearings reviewing National Gambling Legislation (180kb pdf document)

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