Blog Posts tagged “President”

How South Africa’s electoral system effectively disenfranchises voters

April 20, 2017 (2 years, 1 month 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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Opinion: Courts and Constitution plug the gap left by lack of political accountability

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

By Firoz Cachalia

Some years ago I brought back from Siena copies of two famous frescoes painted by Lorenzetti depicting good and bad government. The first shows idyllic scenes of virtuous rulers, happy citizens and a prosperous society; the second shows dystopian scenes of selfish rule, injustice and famine, thus ...

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Editorial: SA is courting abuse

Nov. 23, 2016 (2 years, 5 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: President & Legislation in the spotlight

Nov. 21, 2016 (2 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

The President's oral question session is the high point of the parliamentary week. He is required to answer 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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Mr Nqabayomzi Kwankwa (UDM)

Nov. 7, 2016 (2 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I was born and bred in the Eastern Cape and I grew up in a politically inclined family as my maternal grandfather was a political activist. I was formerly a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and participated in South African Student Congress (SASCO ...

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The Week Ahead: Motion of No Confidence, Question Time & Legislation top the agenda

Nov. 7, 2016 (2 years, 6 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, the DA's motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is scheduled ...

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The week ahead: Mini-budget, President's Q&A session top the agenda…

Oct. 24, 2016 (2 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

It's a busy week in the main chambers and committee corridor. Everything from the mini-budget speech, to the President and Ministerial question times, to debates, to legislative business, to motions and members' and ministerial statements dominate the plenary agenda.

All eyes will be on the Minister of Finance when ...

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Mr William Madisha (COPE)

Oct. 14, 2016 (2 years, 7 months ago) — Comments

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What is your political background? I grew up in Atteridgeville. I went to the Transvaal College of Education in 1981 and I was in the leadership of the student movement. I became the president of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) for a period of twelve years. I was ...

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

Sept. 12, 2016 (2 years, 8 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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Infographic: Public Protector Candidates

Aug. 22, 2016 (2 years, 9 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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