Ms Mudene Smuts

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Mudene Smuts

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  • Legal Practice Bill (Consideration Of Bill And Of Report Thereon) 12 Mar 2014

    Madam Chair, the DA believes that the NCOP took a final vote on the highly controversial Legal Practice Bill with amendments without the requisite number of properly mandated provinces. My hon chairperson will recall that, on Tuesday, I raised in the committee possible procedural problems with the NCOP vote, in ...

  • Determination Of Remuneration Of Office-Bearers Of Independent Constitutional Institutions Laws Amendment Bill (Second Reading Debate) 11 Mar 2014

    Deputy Speaker, I would like to say to my hon chairman: Thank you for those kind words. Madam, may I also say to the hon Trevor Manuel: After twenty years, in justice we do still ask the question: Is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? If a justice ...

  • South African Human Rights Commission Bill (Second Reading Debate) 13 Nov 2013

    Madam Deputy Speaker, I am speaking in support of this Bill on behalf of the DA. The SA Human Rights Commission has been functioning under its outdated 1994 Act for a scandalously long time. That Act was written under the 1993 interim Constitution; it was in fact the very first ...

  • Legal Practice Bill (Second Reading Debate) 12 Nov 2013

    Mr Speaker, a wave of regulatory reform of the legal profession has been washing over the common law countries. The reasons are always the same: affordability and access, choice, competition and consumer protection, especially against ineffective professional disciplinary mechanisms.

    Now we have scratched the surface and legislated some improvements: transparent ...

  • Consideration Of Report Of Portfolio Committee On Justice And Constitutional Development - Request For Filling Of Vacancy In South African Human Rights Commission 12 Nov 2013

    Deputy Speaker, independence is a state of mind. Independentmindedness is first and foremost a quality which the National Assembly should be looking for when it appoints persons to Chapter 9 institutions, which are independent of government on exactly the same terms as the judges are, with the single exception that ...

  • Motion Of Condolence (The Late Former Chief Justice P N Langa) 20 Aug 2013

    Hon Speaker, I found the official funeral service for the late Chief Justice Pius Langa a profound experience, even watching from afar. It most magnificently displayed the fact that a new legal order has been firmly established in less than two decades.

    The oratory of two Chief Justices, the former ...

  • No327E 6 Mar 2013

    Hon Deputy Speaker, neither the hon Minister nor we can intrude, nor do we wish to do so, on the prosecutorial independence of the NPA, but there are things that both he and we can do under the National Prosecuting Authority Act.

    My question is whether he will use his ...

  • Superior Courts Bill (Second Reading Debate) 22 Nov 2012

    Chairperson, during the brief tenure of Judge Sandile Ngcobo as Chief Justice, there was a sense in the air of institution building. It was an atmosphere reminiscent of the years when the two Constitutions were being negotiated, and our new institutions were first being established. This Bill, read together with ...

  • Ministers: 7 Nov 2012

    Mr Speaker, that is an awfully long-winded way of saying that the President hasn't yet sought his opinion. Please allow me to ask the hon Deputy Minister the following: If the President should consult the hon Minister, as he will again, on a chosen candidate whose CV or work ...

  • No3516E 24 Oct 2012

    Acting Speaker, it is clear that it is the hon Holomisa who needs guidance, and not the judiciary. [Interjections.] The hon Deputy President has given him some guidance, but was much too nice about doing it.

    I have been wondering ever since I saw this shocking question whether the hon ...