4 February 2013

South Africa: Sisulu Calls On S Africans to Make Their Voices Heard

Pretoria — Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on all South Africans to participate in the drafting of South Africa's third and final African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) country report.

She said citizen participation in the drafting of this report was the most important element of the process, as it ensured government was held accountable by its citizens.

"From 5 February, we will be embarking on provincial consultative road shows to talk to various stakeholders ranging from NGOs, faith based organisations, youth, disabled and the business sector ... to hear their inputs on how government has done in addressing the issues raised in our country review," said Sisulu.

The consultations will begin in Mpumalanga on Tuesday, followed by Limpopo on Friday.

The country report is the last South Africa will do since it was peer reviewed in 2007, and is planning to undertake another peer review at a later stage.

Sisulu said a lot of work was being done to that the issues raised in the 2007 peer review were attended to.

The APRM was also celebrating 10 years since it was established and already, many African countries were making great improvements in governance and experiencing political stability.

However, Sisulu noted greater challenges remained as the APRM entered its second decade such as ensuring participating member nations comply with recommendations.

She also said it was encouraging that more African Union countries were joining the APRM.

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