December 14, 2018

Parliament on Tuesday fired its head of protection services, Zelda Holtzman, on “trumped up” charges following her exposure of the abuse of power by the secretary of Parliament.

The Standing Committee on Finance called in the JSE this week to know if there has been any meaningful shift away from its traditional white and male power base. 

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) had run up R21.5 million in irregular expenditure by the end of the last financial year according to its annual report.

A protracted case to be heard by the Labour Court indicates that Parliament requires its “Chamber Support Officers” (CSOs) to be skilled in crowd control and public order policing.

South African Police Service (SAPS) was said to have implemented roughly 30% of the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) recommendations to turn it into a skilled and professional police service.

A year ago the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) warned Parliament that the town of Vuwani, Limpopo was at risk of repeating last year’s education crisis.

The capture of Eskom is a story about R150 billion to R250 billion that has disappeared from South Africa’s fiscal system, according to Pravin Gordhan.

Police officers who stole firearms from the state should be wearing the orange uniforms of prisoners, not the blue uniforms of the police, Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi said.

The Panel of Experts recommended by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry to examine police capacity to manage crowd control proposed measures to “civilianise” and “demilitarise” the police force.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) told Parliament that the average time it takes to resolve an investigation into government graft is three to four years.

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