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

ACDP leader Rev Meshoe returns to parliament after six month break

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

People's Assembly (PA) notes that African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe is back in the big house this year. After a six month leave of absence from Parliament, Meshoe was spotted attending the Police Portfolio Committee's first meeting of 2014, on Tuesday 28 November.

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On SAPS

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

“When a Government collapses, the first thing to go is justice, and there is no justice in this country.”

These words were muttered by a disgruntled opposition MP during a tea break after a presentation from the South African Police Services (SAPS). The Portfolio Committee on Police had just gone ...

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Parliamentary meetings can go two ways…

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

As an observer, one is either fortunate to attend a committee meeting where Members of Parliament are thoroughly prepared and willing to respectfully engage with one another on matters, but other meetings fail to grasp your interest from inception and the free snacks provided by Parliament may become the highlight ...

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Parliamentary meetings can go two ways…

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

As an observer, one is either fortunate to attend a committee meeting where Members of Parliament are thoroughly prepared and willing to respectfully engage with one another on matters, but other meetings fail to grasp your interest from inception and the free snacks provided by Parliament may become the highlight ...

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Review of Parliament's Rule Book

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

The current review of the Rules of Parliament is not only in compliance with statutory requirements but in response to pressures from the leading and minority opposition parties in Parliament. Moves made by the Democratic Alliance to pass a Motion of No Confidence on the President of the Republic last ...

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Review of Parliament's Rule Book

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

The current review of the Rules of Parliament is not only in compliance with statutory requirements but in response to pressures from the leading and minority opposition parties in Parliament. Moves made by the Democratic Alliance to pass a Motion of No Confidence on the President of the Republic last ...

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Change is slow but possible

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

Of all the parliamentary committees I have visited, the most informative has been the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Due to my studies in Development and Gender, attending this Committee has extended my knowledge and I have witnessed the reality of how policies can either produce ...

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Change is slow but possible

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

Of all the parliamentary committees I have visited, the most informative has been the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Due to my studies in Development and Gender, attending this Committee has extended my knowledge and I have witnessed the reality of how policies can either produce ...

Read more …

On SAPS

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

“When a Government collapses, the first thing to go is justice, and there is no justice in this country.”

These words were muttered by a disgruntled opposition MP during a tea break after a presentation from the South African Police Services (SAPS). The Portfolio Committee on Police had just gone ...

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Teamwork in the Parliamentary Committees


Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

I have been visiting Parliament for six months and during that time I have certainly gained insight into the ‘goings on’ of South Africa’s political spectrum. While politics plays a key role in the parliamentary setting, it is certainly not the be all and end all when it comes ...

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