Blog Posts tagged “national assembly”

How South Africa’s electoral system effectively disenfranchises voters

April 20, 2017 (2 years, 3 months ago) — Comments

By Pierre De Vos

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The South African Constitution does not provide any clarity on the nature of the relationship between extra-parliamentary political parties and their elected representatives in the national and provincial legislatures. Can extra-parliamentary leaders of political parties dictate to their MPs how to exercise their constitutional duties, including ...

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The Week Ahead: Debates, Legislation, Question Session & More

Nov. 28, 2016 (2 years, 7 months ago) — Comments

It's the penultimate week of the parliamentary year and the National Assembly chamber has scheduled a broad programme as it rushes to finalise all urgent business.

The rules make provision for an MP to request the Speaker to place a matter of public importance on the Order Paper for ...

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Editorial: SA is courting abuse

Nov. 23, 2016 (2 years, 8 months ago) — Comments

Increasingly, the courts are being called on to settle disputes that should be dealt with by other constitutional or political institutions.

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SA is awash with court cases between political actors. Hardly a week goes by without a civil society organisation or a political party ...

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The week ahead: Question Time with the President & NCOP Provincial Week top the agenda

Sept. 12, 2016 (2 years, 10 months ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session 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 of national or international importance ...

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The Week Ahead: Debates, Question Time & Committees…

Sept. 5, 2016 (2 years, 10 months ago) — Comments

There's both high policy and low politics on display in the main chambers this week, with appearances by the deputy president and ministers in the economic cluster (combining both of the above, no doubt).

Beyond this, there is plenty of scope for party battles when lawmakers debate a number ...

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Infographic: Public Protector Candidates

Aug. 22, 2016 (2 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

In its meetings since June 2016, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Appointment of the Public Protector has now selected the final 5 candidates to be considered. The Chairperson attributed the unprecedented number of nominations (73) to the level of public awareness and participation. Of those nominations, 59 candidates accepted ...

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Third Term Begins....

Aug. 12, 2016 (2 years, 11 months ago) — Comments

After the dizzying and all-consuming election cycle, MPs head back to Parliament next week for the third term. This session runs for 8 weeks and will be packed with activities. Some of the highlights include committee, oversight and legislative work.

In this preview we unpack some of the issues that ...

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Mr Moses Mbatha (EFF)

June 13, 2016 (3 years, 1 month ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I joined the struggle at an early age. I was age 10 years old when I first attended a community meeting to discuss a rent and bus boycott in 1980 in the township of Umlazi in the south of Durban. As one of the youngest ...

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The Week Ahead: Farewells, loose ends & tussles...

May 23, 2016 (3 years, 1 month ago) — Comments

The constituency period beckons, with MPs due to depart at the end of the week and return to Parliament after the elections on 16 August 2016. But a fair amount of heavy-duty business will be done before they go.

There's both high policy and low politics on display in ...

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The Week Ahead: President, Vuwani Protest & Legislation in the spotlight

May 16, 2016 (3 years, 2 months ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session is the high point of the parliamentary week.

He is required to answers questions of national or international importance once per term in accordance with the annual parliamentary programme. The questions are sifted and published beforehand in a process involving the Speaker, to ensure ...

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