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Current legislation states, with certain terms and conditions, that a person convicted of a criminal offence may be appointed in a public service position. Furthermore it states that any person who has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months’ imprisonment is eligible to stand for public office or member in the National Assembly, any provincial legislature or a municipal council.
Action Society recommends that an amendment of sections 47(1)(e) and 106(1)(e) of the Constitution must be made. This amendment will address the membership eligibility of members of the National Assembly, provincial legislatures and municipal councils, ensuring that no one with a criminal record, irrespective of the timeframe or sentence, must be allowed to serve in public office.