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18 January 2022
Dear CFJ Supporter,

At the start of 2022, we are looking forward to defending your freedom to live in accordance with your sincerely held beliefs without fear of reprisal. The responsible exercise and enjoyment of constitutional freedoms – such as freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of association – is a cornerstone of any healthy and vibrant democratic society.

This is why at Cause for Justice, we are committed to continuing to promote your fundamental freedoms in 2022. Without your support, we could not have advanced any of these worthy causes – and we invite you to take a look at what you helped us achieve in 2021.

Do you want to continue making a difference for justice in 2022? We certainly do! These are challenging times, and we need your support now more than ever. Help us to keep doing the important and impactful work we do – to protect the constitutional rights and freedoms you value most.

What is happening at Cause For Justice?

LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE – AND AHEAD WITH EXCITEMENT!

Defending and advancing the constitutional rights and civil liberties of each and every South African is our privilege, and we are grateful for opportunities to take action that makes a difference. During 2021, we continued to engage in various causes focusing on protecting your ability to fearlessly, yet responsibly, express yourself and live out your sincerely held beliefs in the public square. These include participating in:
  • the South African marriage law and policy reform process,
  • the development of new hate crimes and hate speech legislation; and
  • other law and policy reforms impacting your fundamental freedoms (such as freedom of expression and freedom of religion) and the best interest of children.
Read more about these exciting developments below!

Do you want to join us in protecting your constitutional rights and civil liberties in 2022? Here is how we can make a difference together:
  • Read our latest fundamental freedoms blog.
  • Donate to this cause.
 
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PROTECTING SOUTH AFRICA MARRIAGES
FROM STATE INTERFERENCE
During 2021, we participated in two momentous South African marriage law and policy reform processes, resolutely committed to ensuring that our marriage legislation accommodates, protects and promotes true diversity.

Marriage is highly personal – it’s not a ‘state institution’. The state cannot prescribe what marriage is (or is supposed to be) or is not (or may not be). Marriage is one of the most important public institutions in society, and intimately intertwined with religious (or secular) beliefs and cultural traditions and practices.

The Department of Home Affairs Green Paper on Marriage in South Africa.

The Department of Home Affairs is busy with an extensive South African marriage law reform project in order to determine what the official state policy position on marriage should be
and we are raising our voice for the protection of marriage!

We attended consultative stakeholder engagements, ran a public awareness campaign, and delivered written submissions to the Department. Relying on case law and legal arguments, we showed which policy proposals are acceptable and which would not withstand constitutional scrutiny for violating marriage officers’ fundamental right to freedom of religion, conscience, belief and opinion.
South African Law Reform Commission Project 144: Single Marriage Act

The South African Law Reform Commission is considering the possibility of adopting a new single piece of marriage legislation. We delivered written submissions and participated in consultative stakeholder workshops, supporting the Commission’s view that the state has no right to define or impose its views on ‘marriage’ on cultures and groups within society – it may only recognise and give legal protection to different marriage relationships. We also emphasised the importance of protecting diversity in our pluralistic society by upholding both equality and freedom of religion.
If you value marriage, please consider donating to this cause.
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PROTECTING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN THE FACE OF
HATE CRIMES AND HATE SPEECH LEGISLATION
Cause for Justice does not condone the advocacy of hatred or incitement to harm others – neither do we condone imprisonment merely for expressing ‘politically incorrect’ views. We are concerned that the many over-broad and subjective definitions contained in the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, risk prohibiting South Africans from communicating their sincerely held and objectively supported convictions, thoughts and opinions.

A recent judgment by the Constitutional Court, Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission and Another [2021 ZACC 22], holds direct and major implications for both the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill and the PEPUDA Amendment Bill (see further below). Unfortunately it contains very problematic aspects in addition to some positive ones: requiring an objective assessment to determine whether speech is ‘hate speech’ and excluding private communications is definitely good – while failing to differentiate speech which itself causes harm from speech that incites others to cause harm which can potentially legally prohibit ideas (in addition to non-verbal expressions, the meaning behind words, ideologies, and beliefs), is definitely very bad!

Learn more about this important issue – and the details of the case – by reading our fundamental freedoms blog.
READ OUR LATEST FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS BLOG
If you value your freedom of expression and freedom of religion, please consider donating to this cause.
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OTHER FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOM LAW AND POLICY REFORMS
All fundamental rights are equally important: the South African Constitution does not recognise a so-called ‘hierarchy of rights’. This is why it is crucial to balance conflicting rights in a reasonable and justifiable manner: to ensure the widest possible protection of all – and not only some – persons’ rights. Moreover, the Constitution decrees that the best interest of children is of paramount importance in all matters concerning them.

PEPUDA Amendment Bill

In our written submissions on the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s PEPUDA Amendment Bill, we emphasised the importance of protecting freedom of expression and freedom of religion in a pluralistic and democratic society. The current version of the Bill contains proposals that, absurdly, is likely to lead to more inequality and unfair discrimination. In addition to rendering the amendments unconstitutional, this is exactly the opposite of what the Bill purportedly seeks to achieve!

Beloftebos Court Case

The owners of the Beloftebos wedding venue face legal action for their decision to only host marriage ceremonies based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. Cause for Justice is poised to act as an ‘friend of the court’ party in this momentous case that holds potentially far-reaching consequences for our constitutional democracy: opening the door to forcing South African businesses to decide between violating their conscience and closing their doors. This will have a devastating impact on (and be major infringement of) the right to freedom of religion, belief and opinion.

Children’s Amendment Bill (Conversion Therapy)

Cause for Justice condemns all forms of child abuse, including so-called conversion therapy (a coercive form of therapeutic intervention aimed at the desistance of same-sex attraction). Yet, we are concerned by a Member of Parliament’s intention to introduce a new Bill banning conversion therapy for children: a blanket ban on clinical therapies (other than so-called conversion therapy), may result in some vulnerable children being prevented from accessing and receiving the very therapeutic services they want and need most.

Identity Management Policy

In our written submissions on the Department of Home Affairs’ draft Official Identity Management Policy, we focused on preventing minority radical ideological and scientifically inaccurate views about the nature of human identity, finding their way into official government policy – and potentially being imposed on the whole of South African society.

Learn more about how Cause for Justice is defending and advancing your constitutional rights and civil liberties, by reading our fundamental freedoms blog.
READ OUR LATEST FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS BLOG
If you value your fundamental freedoms and the best interest of children, please consider donating to this cause.
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CFJ IN THE NEWS
A quick recap of Cause for Justice's media engagement during the second half of 2021, on issues that affect your fundamental freedoms: Never miss out on important news and other updates!
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At Cause for Justice, we not only care about your fundamental freedoms, but also other important causes affecting you and your loves ones. Read our end-of-year newsletter to learn more.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR END-OF-YEAR NEWSLETTER

In Closing:

Your ability to enjoy your constitutional rights freely and responsibly in our diverse and pluralistic society, is important to us. Cause for Justice is committed, and will continue to work diligently, to defend and advance the fundamental freedoms you value most.

The reality is, in these challenging times, we need your support more than ever! A sincere thank you to every person and entity who already supported our vision and mission.

If you are passionate about protecting fundamental freedoms in 2022 and beyond, we invite you to support our work by way of regular or ad-hoc donations* – no matter how big or small. Your support matters, and makes a huge difference, to enable us to keep doing the work we have set out to do in the cause for justice!

Stand with us to protect and promote true equality and diversity – and the reasonably accommodation of difference – in 2022!

Together in Justice,
Ryan and the CFJ Team

 
* Cause for Justice is a registered public benefit organisation for South African income tax purposes and may issue section 18A receipts, which entitle donors to claim tax deductions in respect of donations made to Cause for Justice.

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