“Impressions” and “That Week In Parliament” Blog Posts

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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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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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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The Week Ahead: President, SASSA, Farm Murders, Legislation, Oversight & More

March 13, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

It’s a big week in the National Assembly chamber with the President making an appearance, MPs debating hot button issues and commemorating Human Rights Day.

The President's oral question session on Thursday is the high point of the parliamentary week. He is required to answer questions of national ...

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Infographic: Municipal debt

March 10, 2017 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, Eskom made a presentation on defaulting municipalities to the Standing Committee on Appropriations. Eskom followed the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act process and applied to the High Court to be allowed to cut electricity to municipalities who were owing R10.2 billion to Eskom. On ...

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The Week Ahead: Question Time & Legislation in the spotlight

March 6, 2017 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

There are four more weeks left in the first term and the programme has a familiar pattern: lots of unglamorous legislating, oversight and scrutinising, with some set piece battles in prospect.

There's both high policy and low politics on display in the main chambers this week, with appearances by ...

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Infographic: 2016 National Crime Statistics

March 5, 2017 (1 month, 2 weeks ago) — Comments

On Friday 3 March 2017 the South African Police Service (SAPS) briefed the Portfolio Committee on Police on the National Crime Statistics for April to December 2016. In June 2016 the government announced that crime statistics will henceforth be released quarterly, because the “need for frequent statistics will better enable ...

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The Week Ahead: Deputy President, SABC, Land & Legislation top the agenda

Feb. 27, 2017 (1 month, 3 weeks ago) — Comments

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business in the National Assembly chamber - it includes oral questions to the deputy president, members’ statements, notices of motions, a debate, and the processing of assorted bills, international agreements and committee reports.

The main plenary highlight will be ...

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