Constitution of CMOSA

1. PREAMBLE:
We, Civic Movement of South Africa (CMOSA), pledge our commitment to a unified, democratic, non-sexist, non-racist, non-exploitative South Africa, based on the freedoms, rights and values enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. CMOSA as a civic movement is constituted by the citizens of South Africa and may include other Civic Movements/Organisations who elect to become participating members of CMOSA and is founded on the basic needs, aspirations and expectations all the people of South Africa. We believe that the commitment referred to above and the attainment of our aims and objectives can only be achieved in a united country with strong governance, an effective civic movement and a vibrant civic society. CMOSA endeavours to promote nation building, truth and reconciliation, socio-economic and political development, reconstruction, transformation, peace and prosperity for an all-inclusive equality.

2. CMOSA is a non-political organisation with a political interest.
This means CMOSA does not carry a political agenda. CMOSA accepts that we are a Democratic Constitution and that there is no requirement to develop South Africa any further other than the actual people of South Africa who have been bereft of opportunity and a stable environment in which to live, work and grow. CMOSA is free of any political entanglement and operates in an environment that expedites the interests of all South Africans to the benefit of South Africans in compliance with the Constitution of South Africa. The reason that we have chosen to be a Civic Movement is to include the population in the needs, priorities and endeavours of all South African activity in a transparent, honest and meaningful manner.

3. CMOSA therefore commits itself to the attainment of the following goals:
a) improvement of the living conditions of all residents of South Africa; b) eradication of poverty, homelessness and insecurity; c) building of a united community and a united South Africa; d) promotion of socio-economic and political justice for all; e) creation of empowerment structures; f) job creation, wealth creation and distribution of resources; g) attainment of social security and comfort for all; h) contribution to the promotion and protection of the freedoms, rights and values enshrined in the constitution of the RSA; i) promoting the participation of youth, elderly and women in all its activities; j) support and promotion of the struggle for the rights of children and people with special needs; k) contribution to the reconstruction and development in South Africa; l) elimination of all vestiges of apartheid; and, m) from time to time, to collaborate with organisations and social formations that will help to attain the aims and objectives of CMOSA;

4. THE MISSION OF CMOSA
Our mission is to use CMOSA as a platform to build South Africa: CMOSA has been formed to promote and facilitate, that from now onward, every single South African is ensured that their basic needs are addressed, that each South African regains their dignity so that all South Africans can take pride in their families and enjoy the opportunity to look after their families both young and old in an environment that promotes happiness.

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF CMOSA shall be:
a) to achieve the goals set out in the preamble; b) to promote and advance, effect empowerment and capacity-building through projects, programmes, campaigns, education and training; c) to represent and negotiate on behalf of its members with other parties, organisations and authorities on any matter affecting their interests; d) to lobby authorities to propose favourable legislation and to comment on any proposed law, action or policy of any authority affecting the interests of the residents; e) to institute legal proceedings and any other action on behalf of members, and to defend residents’ legal interests and rights, either individually or collectively; f) to co-operate with those progressive organs of civil society, both locally and internationally which have similar aims and objectives; g) to conduct, co-ordinate and publish research on developments pertaining to socio-economic and political issues of public interest affecting members and residents; h) to form a Trust on behalf of its members, which Trust shall be the only shareholder in CMOSA investment projects; i) to establish and promote community projects and co-operatives; j) to do such things as may be in the interest of the organisation, its members and communities which are not inconsistent with the objectives or matters specifically provided for in this constitution; k) CMOSA shall use its powers as necessary to implement its aims and objectives; l) The responsibilities set out above shall be carried out by the National Working Committee (NWC) on the mandate of the National Executive Committee (NEC). In return, the NWC shall delegate such responsibilities, as it deems necessary to the National President and General Secretary.

5. LEGAL STANDING AND COMPOSITION OF CMOSA
a) CMOSA shall be a civic organisation registered. It shall be a juristic person capable of acquiring rights, incurring obligations, entering into legal transactions and suing and being sued in its own name. b) CMOSA shall operate bank accounts and acquire and own property in its own name. c) CMOSA is a non-racial, non-sexist, independent and unitary civic movement; its policies are determined by its members and structures. d) The leadership of CMOSA shall be accountable to its membership. e) Freedom of speech and free circulation of ideas and information shall be upheld within CMOSA as provided for in the Constitution of South Africa.

6. REGIONAL AUTONOMY
As South Africa is a vast area with Regions that have great distance from each other, it is agreed that the regions have autonomy to organisationally perform some tasks, campaign and fund-raising for financial consistency in order to fulfill these Regional tasks as they may ensue however, all such activity must be reported to the NEC in advance for which a directive needs to be obtained from the NEC. Should it be an urgent matter, a full report that can be accounted for shall be tabled. Such autonomy shall not be contrary to the constitution, national policies and principles of CMOSA. The various Regions shall be subjected to audits bi-annually or on an ad-hoc basis as the need may arise.

7. MEMBERSHIP OF CMOSA
The membership of CMOSA shall be open to all South Africans, from the age of 18 upward. We welcome people of all back grounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, social and economic class, educational level, colour, sex, age, political belief, religion, mental and physical disability.

8. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS:

A MEMBER HAS THE RIGHT TO:
a) take full and active part in the discussion, formulation and implementation of the policies of CMOSA; b) receive and impart information on all aspects of CMOSA’s policies and activities; c) offer constructive criticism concerning any member, official, decision, policy, programme and/or activity of CMOSA within the parameters of the code of conduct; d) submit proposals and/or statements to relevant CMOSA structures; e) take part in elections and be elected or appointed to any structure, organ or delegation of CMOSA, unless such a member has been suspended or is otherwise disqualified in terms of the provisions of the Constitution;

A MEMBER SHALL HAVE THE DUTY TO:
a) belong to and participate in a branch; b) inform his branch committee of a change of address, and report to the branch secretary when arriving at the new branch; c) explain the aims, principles, policies and activities of CMOSA to other residents; d) combat propaganda detrimental to the interests of CMOSA; e) defend CMOSA's aims, principles and policies; f) fight against any form of discrimination; g) deepen understanding of social, cultural, political and economic problems of the community and country as a whole; h) take all necessary steps to understand the aims and objectives of CMOSA; i) observe discipline, behave honestly and carry out the decisions of CMOSA;

9. GENDER AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:
a) CMOSA strives for a 50% or more representation of women and/or persons with special needs (disabilities) and be given equal opportunities in all categories and levels within all our structures.

10. ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
a) National Executive committee b) Provincial Executive Committee c) Regional Executive Committee a. Sub-Regional Committees d) Branch Executive Committee

11. PROVINCES
a) Eastern Cape b) Free State c) Gauteng d) Kwa Zulu Natal e) Limpopo f) Mpumalanga g) North West h) Northern Cape i) Western Cape

12. THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
a) Will be held after every 4 (four) years b) It will consist of delegates from all branches including all top structures, namely, the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of each province and the Regional Executive Committee (REC). c) CMOSA’s Constitution shall only be amended at The National Conference