Blog Posts

How South Africa’s electoral system effectively disenfranchises voters

April 20, 2017 (4 days, 3 hours ago) — Comments

By Pierre De Vos

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The South African Constitution does not provide any clarity on the nature of the relationship between extra-parliamentary political parties and their elected representatives in the national and provincial legislatures. Can extra-parliamentary leaders of political parties dictate to their MPs how to exercise their constitutional duties, including ...

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Assist Students Depending on NSFAS

April 11, 2017 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

The University of the Western Cape Financial aid office is deliberately declining NSFAS funding for senior students who have passed 50% or more of their 2016 modules. According to NSFAS website and press releases, all students who were funded in 2016 and have passed 50% or more of their 2016 ...

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Op-Ed: MPs have an obligation to be the voice of the people

April 11, 2017 (1 week, 5 days ago) — Comments

By Thabo Mbeki

Members of Parliament (MPs), each elected to this position by the people as a whole, and never by individual political parties, including their own, must act in Parliament as the voice of the people, not the voice of the political parties to which they might belong.

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How to remove a sitting President

April 6, 2017 (2 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

There are two constitutional processes to remove a President: Motion of No Confidence and Removal of President.

Section 102: Motion of No Confidence needs a 51% vote. For the Motion to carry, it needs 201 MPs to vote in favour (151 opposition MPs and 50 ANC MPs). MPs can go ...

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Infographic: Cabinet Reshuffle

April 4, 2017 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

President Zuma made 20 changes to the national executive late Thursday (30 March 2017) evening. The changes that created the most uproar by far are to the Finance Ministry that sees both the Minister, Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas relieved of their duties. In a surprise move the ...

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Dumisani Livingstone Ximbi (ANC)

March 28, 2017 (3 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and in particular what drew you to your specific party? I initially started working with the Transkei Defence Force where the then military council had been in support of the ANC. In 1993 General Bantu Holomisa joined the ...

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The Week Ahead: First Term Wraps up

March 27, 2017 (4 weeks ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 25 April. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

With nothing scheduled in the main chambers, the committee corridor will be the only source ...

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Infographic: Food Security and Nutrition

March 27, 2017 (4 weeks ago) — Comments

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) made a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture on the progress in implementation of the 2017-2022 National Food and Nutrition Security Plan in South Africa. They provided data on people at risk, government interventions, stakeholders as well.

The right to food ...

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Mr Seiso Mohai (ANC)

March 20, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

Seiso Mohai

What is your political background? My political awakening started in the early 80’s when I was in secondary school. Teachers affiliated with underground ANC structures mobilised us into the Young Christian Movement (YCM) of Botshabelo in Bloemfontein in 1979. In 1983 when the United Democratic Front (UDF) was established ...

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The Week Ahead: There's a shortened programme

March 20, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

There's a distinct lull in Parliament this week and an unusual programme looms; with no sittings in the main chambers, a few meetings scheduled in the committee corridor and some committees devoting their time to oversight work across the country.

Oversight visits are a core part of an MP ...

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