Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: Getting Down to Third Term Business

Aug. 14, 2017 (2 days, 15 hours ago) — Comments

There's a full and mixed flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business in the Committee corridor with MPs processing assorted Bills, scrutinising Executive action and dealing with statutory appointments.

In addition, a number of Portfolio and Select Committees have scheduled oversight visits during this week. The purpose of ...

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Video: Youth Monitoring Parliament

Aug. 14, 2017 (2 days, 16 hours ago) — Comments

Since 1995, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group is enabling thousands of young people to go into Parliament and write detailed reports of the proceedings of the 50 oversight committees.

Here are some comments from our monitors, interns and past alumni – even two MPs are former PMG monitors.

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Mr Yusuf Cassim (DA)

Aug. 11, 2017 (5 days, 14 hours ago) — Comments

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What is your political background and what attracted you to your political party? I have always been interested in politics dating as far back as 2009. I studied BCom Accounting and I got involved in my first year on campus in 2009 with what was the Muslim Student Association. I ...

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Infographic: Motions of no confidence - The Zuma years

Aug. 7, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

Section 102: Motion of No Confidence needs a 51% vote, i.e. for the Motion to carry, it needs at least 201 MPs to vote in favour. President Zuma, before the 8th August vote, has survived five prior motions tabled against him - three have been voted on, one has been ...

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Executive ethics: a need for review?

Aug. 3, 2017 (1 week, 6 days ago) — Comments

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The Public Protector’s ‘State of capture’ report, released in October 2016 outlined the degree to which the state has been captured by the politically connected Gupta family. It also outlines the degree to which this influence extended to the workings of some state-owned enterprises and the possibly corrupt awarding ...

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Do you support a secret vote?

Aug. 2, 2017 (2 weeks ago) — Comments

The countdown to the debate on the Motion of No Confidence in President Jacob Zuma has begun. The long-awaited vote is set to happen on 8 August 2017.

One of the intriguing subplots has been whether the vote should be done via secret ballot. The Constitutional Court ruled that the ...

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Public Lecture: Democracy and the Poor

Aug. 1, 2017 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

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Hard to believe...but Ministers are showing up in Parliament

Aug. 1, 2017 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

In Parliament’s Committees, MPs can scrutinise and probe the performance of Ministers and the executive has to justify their decisions and performance.

Committees can only perform their work optimally if there is a willingness by Ministers and their deputies to attend proceedings and be held accountable.

The ministerial attendance ...

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There are dangers behind giving South African MPs the right to a secret ballot

July 27, 2017 (2 weeks, 6 days ago) — Comments

By Marius Pieterse.

secretSouth Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng making a ruling on secret ballots in Parliament at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

It happened as many suspected it would. South Africa’s Constitutional Court ordered that, despite the Constitution’s silence on the matter, the ...

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Ms Hildah Nyambi (ANC)

July 26, 2017 (3 weeks ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? I started my political life just before 1990. That activism was still underground whilst I was employed as a teacher. In 1992 I was recruited to perform secretarial duties for the South ...

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