This year’s conference saw over 80 delegates come together not only to educate and equip themselves but also network and attempt to build a unified forum.
ITC would like to especially thank Hon Judge Johan van der Westhuizen from the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services as well as Hon Judge Cagney Musi from the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers who both delivered keynote addresses that provided a vital practical understanding to all delegates in attendance.
The top 4 speakers, as per your evaluation form are as follows:
- Songezo Mabece, Legal Counsel, COMPETITION COMMISSION OF SOUTH AFRICA
- Judge Johan van Der Westhuizen, Inspecting Judge, JUDICIAL INSPECTORATE OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
- Sizwe Snail, Director, SNAIL ATTORNEYS @ LAW
- Mbulelo Ruda, Group Head: Group Legal and Contracts Department , CITY OF JOHANNESBURG
Some of the key outcomes after the conference, during the open forum include:
- While everyone has the right to access the Courts, it is important for the Courts to stay clear of “ Petty Politics”
- Court decisions and judgements must be implementable and also be for the sake of the population
- The Court is not at liability to take decisions on behalf of other organs of State
- The president does not have the power to remove a presiding judge instead the judge can only be removed through the process of impeachment
- Government should implement policies that move away from being compliance driven to quality and risk management driven
- Government must implement ways to utilise Public Procurement as a driver for transformation
- The act of deliberately lowering pricing in order to win the tender and then engaging in re-negotiation during the supply phase of the service should be monitored
- Consider strict penalties for all gross negligence or deliberate acts of financial misconduct
- Government employees are obliged to report acts of financial misconduct and fruitless expenditure without fear of victimisation
- Treasury needs to establish a new procurement framework that can propel foreign direct investment on public procurement
- Departments need to fully understand the political dynamics on borrowing from the World Bank
The conference was rated as:
78% Excellent, 20% Good, 2% Average
At the end of the conference 1 free seat to attend the 7th Annual GovLaw Conference was given away during the draw and the lucky winner was Lawrence Mofolo, Senior Manager: Legal, GOVERNMENT PENSIONS ADMINISTRATION AGENCY.
We would like to hear from you with regards to any ideas you might have for next year’s conference as we continue to ensure a reduction in litigation against the Organs of State.