Panel begins working on evaluating impact of laws since 1994

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is chairing the panel made up of experts in various fields.

FILE: Former president Kgalema Motlanthe will chair the panel set to review laws passed since 1994. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A panel of experts has started work on reviewing key laws passed since 1994 to assess their impact on the lives of most South Africans.

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is chairing the panel, made up of experts in various fields, including economy, land reform and human rights.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says the panel's task is to assess the effectiveness of existing legislation aimed at speeding up transformation.

Mbete says the panel has 12 months to complete its work and report back.

She says it won't be duplicating the job of Parliament's oversight committees.

"It's all very well to pass laws, you can count how many we have passed. The point is, what is the impact of these on people's lives? That is the issue that we hope to have more insight into through the work that will be done by the panel."

The panel's expected to hold public hearings around the country and will also be calling for written submissions on how laws intended to make real the rights enshrined in the Constitution are actually working.