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THE CONSTITUTION

AND RULES OF

INKULUFREEHEID

(VERSION 5.0)

This first draft of the constitution was prepared for debate and adoption at the 1ST National Democratic Convention in January 2015.

At the Conference it was decided that a second version of the constitution will be sent to the National Working Team on the 30th of January 2015 for adoption.

The third draft of this constitution was amended to support InkuluFreeHeid’s application to the Department of Social Development to be recognised a Section 18(a) Non-governmental Organisation. It was adopted through consultation with both the National Executive Team and the National Working Group on 26 July 2015. This version was found to be lacking in mandatory sections by the Department of Social Development and thus revised.

The fourth version, was amended following the recommendations made by the Department of Social Development. It was circulated to all NET and NWG members and received without objection. It was officially adopted at the 2016 National Democratic Convention

This version, the fifth version, was amended following the recommendations made by the 2016 National Democratic Convention held in Howard College, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on the 9th of September 2016.

At the Conference it was decided that a second version of the constitution will be sent to the National Executive Team for adoption ratification and adoption..

THE CONSTITUTION

AND RULES OF

INKULUFREEHEID

(VERSION 5.0)

This first draft of the constitution was prepared for debate and adoption at the 1ST National Democratic Convention in January 2015.

At the Conference it was decided that a second version of the constitution will be sent to the National Working Team on the 30th of January 2015 for adoption.

The third draft of this constitution was amended to support InkuluFreeHeid’s application to the Department of Social Development to be recognised a Section 18(a) Non-governmental Organisation. It was adopted through consultation with both the National Executive Team and the National Working Group on 26 July 2015. This version was found to be lacking in mandatory sections by the Department of Social Development and thus revised.

The fourth version, was amended following the recommendations made by the Department of Social Development. It was circulated to all NET and NWG members and received without objection. It was officially adopted at the 2016 National Democratic Convention

This version, the fifth version, was amended following the recommendations made by the 2016 National Democratic Convention held in Howard College, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on the 9th of September 2016.

At the Conference it was decided that a second version of the constitution will be sent to the National Executive Team for adoption ratification and adoption..

The Constitution and Rules of InkuluFreeHeid

PREAMBLE ..............................................................................................................................4

  1. CHAPTER 1 BASIC PROVISIONS..................................................................................6

  2. CHAPTER 2 MEMBERSHIP ............................................................................................7

  3. CHAPTER 3 NATIONAL DEMOCRACTIC CONVENTION ........................................8

  4. CHAPTER 4 THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM.....................................................9

  5. CHAPTER 5 MEETING OF THE NET ..........................................................................12

  6. CHAPTER 6 DUTIES OF THE DIFFERENT OFFICERS.............................................12

  7. CHAPTER 7 INKULUFREEHEID REGIONAL COMMITTEES .................................14

  8. CHAPTER 8 INKULUFREEHEID CHAPTERS............................................................16

  9. CHAPTER 9 INFORMATION ON MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANISATION

STRUCTURES ........................................................................................................................ 16

  1. CHAPTER 11 DISCIPLINE.........................................................................................17

  2. CHAPTER 11 AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.....................................18

  3. CHAPTER 12 FINANCIAL CONTROLS OF THE ORGANISATION.....................18

  4. CHAPTER 13 PROCEDUCE TO DISSOLVE ORGANISATION.............................19

PREAMBLE

We, the people of South Africa, particularly the youth declare that

  • The people, in particular the youth should share in the country’s wealth and its responsibilities;

  • The national wealth of our country, the heritage of South Africans, shall be protected from domestic and foreign exploitation;

  • The state shall partner with all who live in South Africa, in particular the youth, to play a role in the multiplication and redistribution of wealth and opportunity, to undermine inequality and defeat unemployment;

  • The state should ensure that the gains from mineral wealth are distributed towards those that live and dwell above its soil, and invest in strategic beneficiation and the overall enhancement of domestic industry;

  • The state and the private sector should collaborate to achieve industrial development;

  • The state and private sector shall be jointly responsible for the provision of free and quality education as well as the advancement of the capabilities of the people, in order to promote liberty and social and economic mobility;

  • All industry and trade, public or private, shall be efficiently regulated and supported to assist the wellbeing of the people and the region;

  • All people, in particular the youth, shall have equal rights to trade where they choose.

As such, InkuluFreeHeid’s approach to policy making are inspired by the ethos of the Freedom Charter.

We believe that economic freedom in the 21st century will require upturning convention and the adoption of a pragmatic, inclusive approach to finding solutions to our country’s challenges.

1. CHAPTER 1 BASIC PROVISIONS 1.1. NAME

1.1.1. The name of the organisation shall be InkuluFreeHeid, constituted from the words Inkululeko, Freedom and Vryheid in multiple South African languages, symbolising the unity of the Nation. InkuluFreeHeid can be abbreviated to “IFH”. For the purposes of this document InkuluFreeHeid will be referred to as “the Organisation” below.

1.2. SYMBOL AND FLAG

1.2.1. The symbol of the Organisation shall be the lettering of the name, with strong vertical lines drawn between the components ‘Inkulu’, ‘Free’ and ‘Heid’. The flag of the Organisation shall be black (or another colour prominently associated with the Organisation) with the initials “IFH”

placed in the top left-hand corner.

1.3. AIMS AND VALUES

1.3.1. InkuluFreeHeid is to become the leading non-partisan political force of the people of South Africa, in particular the youth. To this end, the Organisation aims to:

1.3.2. Unite South African citizens, residents and organisations behind the South African Constitution, and behind efforts that deepen democracy, enhance social cohesion and address major economic challenges to equal and sustainable development;

1.3.3. Improve the lives of ordinary people by organising, educating and leading the working and middle classes in pursuit of the strategic aim of freedom, equality, dignity and justice for all;

1.3.4. Participate in and strengthen the alliance of all classes and strata whose interests are served by the immediate aims of a better life for all;

1.3.5. Institute a strong balance between the power, duties and rights of the individual in relation to the state, and to promote access to information and universal connectivity within the context of democratisation and accountability;

1.3.6. Combat racism, tribalism, gender discrimination, regionalism, chauvinism and all forms of narrow nationalism, while promoting African unity, environmentalism and cross-border cooperation;

  1. 1.3.7.  promote the ideas of African renaissance and the unity of the peoples of Africa;

  2. 1.3.8.  promote the ideas of internationalism and the unity of the peoples of the world, and to participate

    in and strengthen the global movements in support of equal development, scientific advancement, innovation and partnership.

2. CHAPTER 2 MEMBERSHIP

2.1. MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

  1. 2.1.1.  All South Africans over the age of 18 who accept the programme and policy of the Organisation, agree to abide by the high standards of ethics and openness of the Organisation, undertake to carry out its decisions and to work in the Organisation, and pay whatever membership fees are decided upon, are eligible for membership. The NET shall have the authority to waive the minimum age requirement in any individual case.

  2. 2.1.2.  The recruiting of a member requires the unanimous decision of a Regional Committee, or, where no such committee exists, of the NET, or any Chapter or group mandated by the NET to carry out recruiting.

  3. 2.1.3.  The NET shall from time to time lay down rules and regulations, which oblige applicants for Organisation membership (unless specially exempted) to serve a probationary period under the supervision of an Organisation structure prior to being accepted as full members.

  4. 2.1.4.  All decisions by Regional Committees under sub-sections (2) and (3) above (including decisions rejecting applicants) shall be reported to the NET, which shall have the power to reverse or amend such decisions. A Regional Committee is empowered to appeal to the NET following a decision to reverse or amend its decisions. Grounds for rejecting applicants shall include past criminal conduct convicted in a court of law.

2.2. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS

  1. 2.2.1.  The organisational structure of the Organisation is based on principles of democracy, transparency and openness.

  2. 2.2.2.  All members shall have the maximum opportunity permitted by existing conditions to take part in the discussions and formulation of Organisation policy and the right to participate in the election and selection of all the NET or Regional Committees.

  1. 2.2.3.  All decisions taken by the NET are absolutely binding on all lower bodies and individual members. To secure the unity and cohesion of the Organisation, members are obliged to support the Organisation and its policies and to carry out its decisions. Members are accountable to the Organisation for all acts and omissions in the implementation of Organisation policy and decisions.

  2. 2.2.4.  Unless specifically exempted by the NET or a Regional Committee, every member has a right and a duty to belong to an Organisation Chapter and to take an active part in its work. It is also the duty of every member to be an active participant in any other organisational structure within the Organisation to which they have been elected or allocated.

  3. 2.2.5.  It is the right and duty of members to strive constantly to improve their understanding of the application of economic theory (as well as scientific and technical knowledge) into South African and African contexts. All members must ensure that they are fully acquainted with the Organisation Programme, with Organisation policy on current questions and with all decisions, journals and documents issued by the Organisation. Regional Committees must encourage members to take an active part in shaping decisions, journals and documents of the Organisation through regular contributions to debate.

  4. 2.2.6.  Every member has a duty, in his or her personal capacity, to act in a manner, which will bring credit to the Organisation, and to be a standard bearer of the highest ethic and morality.

  5. 2.2.7.  The NET shall take steps to ensure that criticism and self-criticism are practised and encouraged at all levels of the Organisation.

3. CHAPTER 3 NATIONAL DEMOCRACTIC CONVENTION
3.1. AUTHORITY OF NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

  1. 3.1.1.  The highest authority of the Organisation shall be a National Democratic Convention (hereinafter referred to as ‘’the Convention’’), which shall be called not less than once in every three years.

  2. 3.1.2.  The Convention shall consist of members of the NET and delegates and appointees from the rest of the membership, including Regional Committees and Chapters. The method of election and selection of such delegates and appointees shall be determined by the NET prior to each such meeting, and shall be based on the principle of open, fair and transparent election.

  1. 3.1.3.  Those attending the Convention are not bound by any mandate on any question and are free to discuss and vote in accordance with their own individual views, studies and conclusions. It shall however be the duty of delegates to convey to the Convention the majority views of their regions or Chapters on any questions discussed.

  2. 3.1.4.  The Convention shall discuss the reports of the NET, examine and decide the policy of the Organisation.

  3. 3.1.5.  The Convention is the only authority with power to elect the National Coordinator, National President and members of the NET and to revise the Programme and amend the Constitution of the Organisation. The NET shall ensure that all members receive draft reports and other documents at least two months prior to the Convention. All comments, resolutions and proposals on such reports and documents shall be tabled at the Convention (physically or electronically or both).

  4. 3.1.6.  The decision to dissolve the Organisation can only be taken by a four fifths majority of voting delegates at the Convention. Should a motion to dissolve the Organisation pass the Convention, under the guidance of the NET should set a date, no longer than 90 days after the decision is made, to formally dissolve the organisation.

3.2. ELECTIONS AT THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

3.2.1. The Convention shall elect the National Executive Team.
3.2.1.1. The Convention shall elect the National Coordinator, President, together with Financial

Director and other members who shall constitute the National Executive Team (NET).

  1. 3.2.2.  The officers and other NET members shall hold office until the next Convention.

  2. 3.2.3.  The method of election of these positions shall be in terms of SCHEDULE 1 annexed to the

    Constitution.

4. CHAPTER 4 THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM
4.1. COMPOSITION OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM

4.1.1. Unless otherwise provided in this Constitution, the NET shall have powers subordinate only to those of the Convention as detailed at clause 7(1). The NET shall consist of:

4.1.1.1. The President;

4.1.1.2.

4.1.1.3.

The National Coordinator;
Financial Director
A member from each regional chapter

4.1.1.4.
4.1.1.5. A non-voting additional Member may be appointed at the suggestion of standing NET

members or the National Democratic Convention. 4.2. DUTIES OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM

4.2.1. The National Executive Committee may take on the power and authority that it believes it needs to be able to achieve the objectives of the organisation. In between Conventions, the NET shall direct the operational work of the Organisation, determine all questions of policy and issue binding instructions and directives to all levels of the Organisation as expressed in clause 6(3).

4.3. The NET Meeting Procedures:

4.3.1. The NET shall meet at least once every two weeks. It shall appoint whatever administrative structures it deems necessary to facilitate the carrying out of its decisions

4.3.2. The National President shall act as the chairperson of the National Executive Team. If the President does not attend a meeting, then a chair must be selected from the members’ present. This must be done before the meeting starts.

  1. 4.3.3.  There shall be a quorum whenever such a meeting is held.

  2. 4.3.4.  The National Executive Team has the prerogative to establish one or more sub-committees. It

may decide to do this to get some work done quickly. Or it may want a sub-committee to do an inquiry, for example. There must be at least three people on a sub-committee. The sub- committee must report back to the management committee on its activities. It should do this regularly, with periods of reporting to be determined at the establishment of a sub-committee.

4.3.5. Minutes of all meetings must be kept safely and always be on hand for members to consult. 4.4. THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM SHALL:

4.4.1. Draft political reports to be considered by the plenary session of the NET shall be timeously circulated to all regions and Chapters for comments, inputs and criticisms

4.4.2. Determine all procedures for the appointment, election and removal from office to all Organisation subordinate structures (including the NWG, Regional Committees and Chapters).

4.4.3. Ensure that all officers, regional committees, other Organisation structures and all members carry out their duties effectively.

4.4.4. Stimulate and provide education in modern economics, financial, and scientific education for all Organisation members and promote the development of capabilities.

4.4.5. Inform and guide the membership on current political development and also provide information on the Organisation's activities. For this purpose, it shall issue documents and a newsletter for internal-Organisation circulation at least once everywhere months.

4.4.6. Represent the Organisation nationally in its relations with other political parties, institutions and organisations.

  1. 4.4.7.  Direct and control the national Organisation press and publications.

  2. 4.4.8.  Manage and control all Organisation property and funds.

  3. 4.4.9.  Have the right by a two-thirds majority of all NET members to remove or suspend any of its

members from serving on the National Executive Team for any for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute. The NET shall determine its own procedures for taking such action.

4.4.10. The NET shall have the right from time to time to appoint proxies from Organisation membership, to the NET, to ease the administrative function of the Organisation, who shall have the rights and duties of NET members except the right to vote.

4.4.11. Have the right to replace any member of the National Executive Team who is permanently incapacitated, dies or is removed from the NET in terms

4.4.12. Conduct the daily work of the Organisation.
4.4.13. The NET may fill any vacancy that occurs in-between Conventions from among the members

of the organisation. An individual so appointed shall not have voting rights until the decision has been ratified by a plenary session of the NDC.

4.4.14. The NET shall have the right by a unanimous decision (excluding the individual affected) to suspend any individual from the IFH membership for any misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute.

5. CHAPTER 5 MEETING OF THE NET 5.1. QUOROM

5.1.1. In the NET a 50%+1 attendance of a meeting will constitute quorum. Regional Committee, the majority of its members shall constitute a quorum.

6. CHAPTER 6 DUTIES OF THE DIFFERENT OFFICERS

6.1. DUTIES OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR

  1. 6.1.1.  The National Coordinator shall be a leading public officer of the Organisation and torchbearer of its values of transparency, democracy and openness, and a full-time official under conditions of service determined by the National Executive Team.

  2. 6.1.2.  The National Coordinator shall be an ex-officio member of all other Organisation structures and shall:

6.1.2.1. Keep (or cause to be kept) the minutes of all National Executive Committee meetings and such other books, records and archives as may be required.

  1. 6.1.3.  Attend to the correspondence of the NET, maintain regular personal and written contact with all the regions and keep the membership informed on the work of the NET.

  2. 6.1.4.  Be replaced by an Acting National Coordinator appointed by a plenary session of the NET if, between Conventions, he or she is permanently incapacitated or vacates his or her office, or is suspended from office by a unanimous vote of the NET for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute.

  3. 6.1.5.  In the event of an Acting National Coordinator being appointed by the NET, he or she shall hold office until the next Plenary Session of the NET or when such a time the National Coordinator is capable of taking their role.

6.2. THE DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

6.2.1. The President is a leading public officer of the Organisation and an ex-officio member of all other Organisation structures.

6.2.2. The President shall:

6.2.2.1. Preside over all meetings of the NET, and shall conduct the business in conformity with the constitution and other rules of procedure adopted by these bodies.

6.2.2.2. Have a deliberative vote only, or be given a second vote only in the case that there is a tie. Voting will only be resorted to if decisions cannot be reached by consensus. To the maximum extent or as far as practically possible, decisions should be made by consensus.

6.2.2.3. Draw up (or cause to be drawn up) all reports and documents as may be decided upon by the NET.

6.2.2.4. Ensure that members of the NET are kept informed of the work between meetings of the NET.

6.2.3. Be replaced by an Acting National President appointed by a plenary session of the NET if, between Conventions, he or she is permanently incapacitated or vacates his or her office, or is suspended from office by a unanimous vote of the NET for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute.

6.3. THE DUTIES OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR

6.3.1. The Finance Director shall:

6.3.1.1. Under the direction of the NET take all necessary measures to ensure that the Organisation is provided with sufficient means to carry out its political and organisational tasks.

6.3.1.2. Appoint a Finance Committee and shall designate one of its members or an ex-officio member as the convenor. The convenor of the Finance Committee shall be suitably qualified in terms of industry best practice in finance and accounting.

6.3.1.3. The Finance Committee should be constituted within 30 days from the end of the National Democratic Convention

6.3.1.3.1. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for fundraising for the Organisation

6.3.1.4. Be in charge of all bank accounts of the Organisation, and ensure that extraordinary withdrawals and disbursements above R6 000 do not occur without at least four (2) signatories from the NET.

6.4.

6.3.1.5. Extraordinary withdrawals/disbursements shall include all transfers/extractions not associated with rental or salary costs incurred in the ordinary business of the Organisation.

6.3.1.6. Disburse such funds as the NET authorises by general or specific mandate, or to Regional Committees in a timely or ad hoc fashion on a needs basis.

6.3.1.7. Be responsible for the safekeeping and administration of all property and monies of the Organisation, in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

6.3.1.8. Be responsible for compliance with tax compliance and audit law as prescribed for not-for-profit entities in South Africa, reporting on matters of compliance to the NWG and to the Convention.

6.3.1.9. Keep such books of accounts as will clearly record and reflect the financial position of the Organisation and submit statements of income and expenditure to the NWG at intervals to be determined by it.

6.3.1.10. Under the direction of the NET present financial reports to every Convention, in a manner that is open, honest and transparent.

6.3.2. Be replaced by an Acting Financial Director appointed by a plenary session of the NET if, between Conventions, he or she is permanently incapacitated or vacates his or her office, or is suspended from office by a unanimous vote of the NET for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute.

DUTIES OF THE REGIONAL CHAPTER MEMBERS

6.4.1. Regional Chapter members shall be responsible for:
6.4.1.1. Communicating the work of the NET with respective regions every two months 6.4.1.2. Assisting in the work of the National Coordinator
6.4.1.3. Conveying the perspectives of regions to the NET

7. CHAPTER 7 INKULUFREEHEID REGIONAL COMMITTEES

7.1. Regional Committees may be constituted by the NET in suitable geographic and industrial areas, through an appropriate electoral process involving local Chapter leadership (an electoral process is determined in accordance with the values of openness and fairness as espoused by this Constitution.

All Organisation Chapters within such an area shall fall under the immediate jurisdiction of the

Regional Committee.

  1. 7.2.  The members of the Regional Committee and its convenor shall be appointed by the NET after each

    Convention, following the appropriate electoral process as per SCHEDULE 1 In making the appointments, the NET shall seek and take into account the recommendations of the outgoing Regional Committee. The number serving on each Regional Committee shall be at the discretion of the NET.

  2. 7.3.  The NET may, at its discretion and in consultation with Chapter leaders, recommend to the NET that a Regional Committee be reconstituted at any time during its term of office, subject to an appropriate electoral process as elaborated in SCHEDULE 1.

  3. 7.4.  The convenor of the Regional Committee shall preside over its meetings and shall be the officer responsible for maintaining regular and effective contact with the NET and providing it with all reports and information as directed by the NET from time to time.

  4. 7.5.  The Regional Committee shall meet at least once in two weeks and the majority of its members shall constitute a quorum. A region may be permitted to meet less often only on good cause shown to the NET.

  5. 7.6.  The Regional Committee is responsible for controlling, supporting and guiding the political work of the Chapters, which fall under it, practicing the principles of open and collaborative governance. More particularly, it must ensure that every Chapter unit meets regularly (not less than once in every two weeks) and participates fully in all Organisation activities;

  6. 7.7.  Guides its members in their political work, and supports the development of capabilities in their communities;

  7. 7.8.  Continuously raises the political understanding and scientific capabilities of its members;

  8. 7.9.  Is kept informed of all Organisation decisions, discussion, documents and directives; and

is encouraged to express its views on current developments and all aspects of the Organisation's work which should be conveyed timeously to the NET.

7.10. All questions raised in Chapters which require guidance or decisions from higher structures shall, in the first place, be determined by the Regional Committee. In the case of those questions, which touch on national policy or whose importance merits special consideration by the NET

  1. 7.11.  The Regional Committee shall, from time to time, recommend to the NET the scale of membership dues (if any) for its region and can use any income derived from such contributions (centrally collected and allocated by the Finance Committee as per clause 4.4.3 in accordance with directives from the NET.

  2. 7.12.  The NET may direct that a number of Chapters falling under a Regional Committee should be constituted into a branch with a Branch Committee appointed by the regional committee and answerable to it. In such event the NET shall also define the relationship between the Branch and the Regional Committee.

  1. CHAPTER 8 INKULUFREEHEID CHAPTERS

    1. 8.1.  Chapters whose maximum size shall be determined by the NET for each region shall be constituted by the Regional Committee from the membership in its area of jurisdiction. The Regional Committee may alter the composition of a Chapter as the need arises, in collaboration with unit leaders.

    2. 8.2.  Where there is no Regional Committee or for any other special reason, the NET may constitute Chapters or other structures falling directly under the NET.

    3. 8.3.  Each Chapter shall have a convenor who shall be appointed by the Regional Committee to convene and preside over its meetings and be responsible for maintaining contact with the Regional Committee or National Executive Team as the case may be.

    4. 8.4.  Chapters shall meet at least once every two weeks and shall strive to fulfil the tasks of Chapters set out Chapter 8, clause 6 above. A Chapter may be permitted to meet less often only on good cause shown to the Regional Committee.

  2. CHAPTER 9 INFORMATION ON MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANISATION STRUCTURES

9.1.

The Organisation shall:
9.1.1. Exist in its own right, separately from its members.
9.1.2. Be able to own property and other possessions.
9.1.3. Be able to sue and be sued in its own name.
9.1.4. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, no member shall, without the permission of the

NET or Regional Committee, display or circulate any internal Organisation documents to any

person outside the Organisation or to members other than those authorised to receive such

documents from such a member in terms of this Constitution.

  1. 9.1.5.  No member shall leave any internal Organisation document unattended in circumstances, which

    may lead to its unauthorised exposure or loss.

  2. 9.1.6.  The Organisation will continue to exist regardless of changes in membership or office bearers

    until such time that a Convention votes, with a four fifths majority of voting delegates, to dissolve the Organisation.

10. CHAPTER 11 DISCIPLINE

  1. 10.1.  A member who is guilty of a breach of any provision of this Constitution or of any other for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute may be expelled, suspended from membership for a fixed period, reprimanded or disciplined or punished in other manner to be determined by the NET.

  2. 10.2.  The Regional Committees shall have the power to suspend members, for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence or bringing the Organisation into disrepute, which shall come into effect without the prior approval of the NET. But such measures shall be immediately reported to the NET, which has the power to amend or reverse them.

  3. 10.3.  Expulsion can be imposed only by the NET acting either on its own initiative or after receiving a fully documented recommendation from a Regional Committee, evidencing unethical or criminal conduct. The NET shall refer criminal matters to the courts.

  4. 10.4.  Members have the right to appeal to the NET against any disciplinary measures within 30 days after being notified of the decision. All appeals must be submitted through the Regional Committee concerned, which shall forward the appeal together with all other relevant documents to the NET.

  5. 10.5.  The lodging of an appeal shall not suspend the operation of any disciplinary measures.

10.6. A suspended member shall, during the period of suspension, be obliged to carry out all tasks assigned to him or her by the Regional Committee.

10.7. Such a member shall not be allowed to attend meetings of any Organisation structure during the period of suspension except by special invitation.

10.8. An inactive member may be lapsed from membership by the Regional Committee, which shall report such a decision to the NET together with all relevant information. The NET may confirm, amend or reverse such a decision.

10.9. Any member expelled from the Organisation shall have the right to appeal against such expulsion in writing to the next Convention. The written appeal shall be forwarded to the NET within three (3) months of the date the member is informed of his or her expulsion.

10.10. In all cases of disciplinary action against an Organisation member under this section, he or she shall, if the circumstances permit, be confronted with the allegations of detrimental conduct/ misconduct, incapacity, incompetence and/or bringing the organisation into disrepute against him or her in writing and be given an opportunity of fully stating his or her defence before any action is taken or recommended to be taken.

11. CHAPTER 11 AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

  1. 11.1.  Chapter 1 can only be amended by a two-thirds majority vote at a Convention. Remaining sections Constitution may be amended by a simple majority vote at the Convention (a vote constituting more than half of delegates)

  2. 11.2.  Proposed amendments to the constitution can only be suggested by chapters of the organisation

  3. 11.3.  All proposed amendments to the Constitution should be submitted in writing to the NET not less than

    three months prior to a Convention.

  4. 11.4.  The NET shall ensure that proposed amendments are circulated to regions and Chapters not less than

    two months prior to the Convention.

  5. 11.5.  All comments received shall be tabled at the Convention, and that amendments adopted at the

    Convention are communicated to members not less than one month after the Convention.

12. CHAPTER 12 FINANCIAL CONTROLS OF THE ORGANISATION

12.1. The financial assets, income and property of the Organisation, belong to the Organisation as an entity independent of any of its members or office bearers. Members and office bearers hold no rights to these financial assets, income and property simply through virtue of their membership or position.

12.2. The organisation may not give any of its money or property to its members or office bearers. The only time it can do this is when it pays for work that a member or office bearer has done for the organisation. The payment must be a reasonable amount for the work that has been done.

12.3. Such compensation should be approved by the Chair of the finance committee and one other member of the NWG.

12.4. The financial assets of the organisation should be conducted, managed and recorded through a bank account at a registered financial institution.

  1. 12.5.  In the event that the Organisation is dissolved, as described in Chapter 13, any organizational assets which remain after liabilities have been met must be transferred to another non-profit organization with similar aims.

  2. 12.6.  The non-profit organization who will be the recipient of such assets should be decided by the NET. A decision may be taken to split assets between multiple non-profit organizations, provided that they are properly registered with the Department of Social Development.

  3. 12.7.  The transfer of such assets must take place within the deadline set by the Convention and cannot exceed a period of 90 days after the passing of the motion to dissolve.

  4. 12.8.  The financial year end for the organization will be 31 December each year. The financial officer’s reports to the Convention, should reflect this time frame but also be open to questions about any time elapsed between the financial year end and the Convention at which their report is presented.

13. CHAPTER 13 PROCEDUCE TO DISSOLVE ORGANISATION

13.1. The organisation may close down if at least two-thirds of the members present and voting at a meeting convened for the purpose of considering such matter, are in favour of closing down.

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