The ills of the colonial and apartheid past are being reproduced in postapartheid SA despite extensive legislative reform, the high-level panel on the assessment of legislation and the acceleration of fundamental change has found. Appointed 21 months ago by the Speakers Forum — the representative body of the legislative sector — the panel was tasked with assessing the content and implementation of legislation since 1994 to determine its effectiveness and possible unintended consequences. Chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, the panel’s members include Evidence Based Solutions CEO Olive Shisana, University of Cape Town (UCT) economics professor Haroon Bhorat, UCT Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice professor Alan Hirsch, FirstRand founder Paul Harris, former auditor-general Terence Nombembe and former UN Human Rights commissioner Navi Pillay. They held public hearings, commissioned reports from experts and ran workshops to delve into issues before issuing its...

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