STOP Government’s shady stealth decisions
Our government has a reputation for publishing important notices over the December holiday period. We are of the opinion this is deliberately done in order to limit public comment and participation.
Many important and costly decisions have followed this route including the Nuclear Deal, e-Tolls, AARTO amendments and many more.
This is in direct conflict with our constitution and democracy.
Public participation is considered extremely important as it is the only requirement for which exemption cannot be given. Our constitution states people have the right to be informed about potential decisions that may affect them and must be afforded the opportunity to influence those decisions. Effective public participation also facilitates informed decision-making by the government authority concerned and may result in better decisions as the views of all parties are considered.
OUTA has identified an opportunity to change the law in order to prevent all Public Participation Processes from taking place in between 15 December and 15 January. This requires a legal process which begins with an official Petition to Parliament.
Unlike a conventional petition, a Petition to Parliament is a formal request for Parliamentary intervention. In order for Parliament to consider the petition, it is essential that as many citizens as possible add their names.
Please add your name to the Petition by using the form below. You will receive a confirmation email. Please note, we at OUTA respect your privacy and will not share your details with any third party.
To read the full Petition to Parliament, please click here