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

July 27, 2017 (18 hours, 53 minutes 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 (1 day, 18 hours 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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CFCR: Discussion on the Nature of the Equality Clause

July 12, 2017 (2 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

The Future of Employment Equity

Join the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) for a panel discussion on the interpretation of section 9(2) of the Constitution, as laid down in the matter of the Minister of Finance and others v Van Heerden (Van Heerden) and the future of Employment Equity ...

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Dr Michael Cardo (DA)

July 10, 2017 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

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What is your political background and what attracted you to your political party? I’m a bit of an accidental politician. It’s not something I had always intended to be. In fact, I was going to be an academic. My academic background is in political history and the history ...

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Infographic: Second Term Recap

July 10, 2017 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to return to Parliament on 1 August 2017. It is the end of an eventful second term and News 24 recently published an article, “What did (and didn't) happen in Parliament this term” that recaps the news that made headlines during the ...

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Secret Ballot Judgment

July 3, 2017 (3 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

Constitutional Court schools Members of Parliament on their obligations.

By Pierre de Vos.

Any half decent lawyer would not have been surprised that the Constitutional Court ruled earlier this week that the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) was mistaken when she claimed she did not have the power to ...

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Mr Zondi Silence Makhubele (ANC)

June 29, 2017 (4 weeks ago) — Comments

Zondi Makhubele

What is your political background? How did you become involved in politics and become an MP for your party? I became a bit politically aware round about ’82 when I went to high school. We were told that for us as students, we needed to have SRCs so we started ...

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The Week Ahead: End of the Second Parliamentary Term

June 26, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament on 1 August 2017. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

With little scheduled in the main chambers (only the NCOP is sitting), the committee ...

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Infographic: Debt in South Africa

June 26, 2017 (1 month ago) — Comments

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) and National Treasury briefed the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on over-indebtedness in South Africa and on the debt relief measures under consideration. On 31 December 2016, there were 24.31 million credit active consumer of which 40% (9.76 million) are classified as ...

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The Week Ahead: The President and Legislation top the agenda

June 19, 2017 (1 month, 1 week ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session in the National Assembly chamber is the high point of the parliamentary week. Question Time occurs in both the National Assembly and the NCOP and is one of the ways Parliament scrutinises the work of the executive. The President is required to answers questions ...

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