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Legislative amendments to scrap floorcrossing

The Constitution Fourteenth Amendment Bill and Constitution Fifteenth Amendment Bill seek to amend the Constitution of South Africa in order to prohibit floor crossing in National, Provincial Legislatures and Municipal Councils.

The General Laws Amendment Bill amongst other things amends certain Acts to abolish floor crossing to another political party, merge or subdivide into more than one political party.

The National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development deliberated on 30 July 2008 after having considered inputs from the public hearing process. The Committee recommended that floor crossing should be abolished and plans to have further consultation to derive at an informed decision. Once the Bills are finalised by the PC, they will be debated in the National Assembly plenary.

Contact: PC on Justice & Constitutional Development Committee Secretary: Ms P Sibisi 021 403 3660

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