Economic Justice Network of the Fellowship of Christian Councils of South Africa (EJN);
Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA)
The Economic Justice Network (EJN) of FOCCISA has had previous experience convening / networking of South African civil society through its involvement in the People’s Budget Campaign (PBC). The PBC has brought together different sectors of civil society including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the South African NGO Coalition and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), both with membership across all of South Africa.
Working with the PBC, EJN supported the development of research to inform its advocacy strategy and agenda with government. EJN also supported the development of a statement to the budget speech and follow-up press conference during the budget speech of the Minister of Finance. Concerns of civil society were highlighted by the media in their coverage of the budget speech. The Basic Income Grant (BIG) is one example of a policy that was driven by civil society in this process.
EJN also supported the PBC to organise advocacy engagements with the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Finance and meetings with members of parliament and treasury officials. As a result, PBC influenced parliament to successfully introduce a bill that would limit parliament’s oversight over money bills and money matters.
Currently, EJN has been using similar methods (policy formulation, advocacy, and media work) to put tax justice issues into the public discourse, including the international campaign around Ending Tax Haven Secrecy, Financial Transaction tax and domestic tax issues. EJN is co-operating with the SACC, COSATU and SANGOCO on these issues.