Blog Posts

The Week Ahead: State capture investigations kick into gear

Oct. 16, 2017 (3 days, 2 hours ago) — Comments

There's a broad and busy flavour to this week's parliamentary business.

In the National Assembly chamber, the main plenary highlight will be the Deputy President’s regular engagement with lawmakers when he appears to answer oral questions where he will be probed about a mixture of big-picture policy ...

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Infographic: 2016/17 Departmental audit outcomes

Oct. 15, 2017 (4 days ago) — Comments

National departments are subject to annual auditing by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA), where an audit opinion is given based on a department's financial statements. In forming an audit opinion, the AGSA examines if a department meets its predetermined objectives and if its financial statements comply with legislation ...

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Elections for Sale: Party Funding – A Necessary Evil?

Oct. 15, 2017 (4 days ago) — Comments

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Background

South Africa finally has a draft Bill attempting to regulate private funding to political parties. The ad hoc committee is in the process of taking submissions from the public on the (Draft) Political Party funding Bill, 2017. In the interim too, a ruling by the Western Cape High Court ...

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Ms Fezeka Loliwe (ANC)

Oct. 10, 2017 (1 week, 2 days ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? How did you come to join your political party and become an MP? My parents were born and raised on a farm and I listened to their stories of their upbringing and it ignited the desire for political activism. My activism became entrenched when I ...

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The Week Ahead: BRRRs, Legislation & Provincial Week top Agenda

Oct. 9, 2017 (1 week, 3 days ago) — Comments

It's a lowkey week in main chambers with no plenary sittings scheduled in both Houses.

In contrast, it's a another big week in the Committee corridor where lawmakers will be dealing with leftover Annual Reports and finalising Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRRs) which must be completed before ...

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How party-driven electoral system fails SA

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

by PETER CURLE

Unlike in most western democracies, MPs in this country are apparatchiks of political parties rather than directly elected representatives.

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he silence of the ANC in confronting and dealing with state capture and corruption has highlighted an essential weakness in SA’s Constitution.

Unlike in most western democracies ...

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New Term: Annual Report Season & MTBPS

Oct. 2, 2017 (2 weeks, 3 days ago) — Comments

MPs head back to Parliament this week for the final term. This session runs for 9 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include Committee, oversight and legislative work, oral questions to the Executive, debates, a Joint Sitting, Taking Parliament to the People, NCOP Provincial Week ...

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Parliament 2017: Third Term Review

Oct. 1, 2017 (2 weeks, 4 days ago) — Comments

This review of the third term takes a quick look at the number of working days, Bills processed, written questions posed by MPs and replies by the Executive and the petitions under consideration.

The term started with a bang when the motion of no confidence tabled against the President was ...

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Tsepo Mhlongo (DA)

Sept. 27, 2017 (3 weeks, 1 day 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 have a long history of school leadership involvement spanning almost three decades. I began by joining the SRC at Matseliso Secondary while a matric student. The SRC was a political student ...

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ODAC: Updates on Whistleblower Protections

Sept. 27, 2017 (3 weeks, 1 day ago) — Comments

ODAC are launching an updated resource to guide the public and private sector on how best to protect whistleblowers in South Africa given the recent amendments to the Protected Disclosures Act.

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In 2017 the Protected Disclosures Act was amended significantly. Yet, little work has been done to promote or contextualise ...

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