November 14, 2018

The controversial December 2015 sale of South Africa’s entire oil stock reserve is so inexplicable and mysterious that even the Portfolio Committee on Energy’s discussion on the Minister’s preliminary report left more questions than answers. What didn’t help was that the preliminary report could not be released for public scrutiny, or even distributed to Committee members, because the Minister had been advised that that could contaminate a possible future criminal case.

Nearly 40% of South Africans who have engaged in Parliament’s law-making process have come to the conclusion that no one in the legislature is taking them seriously. This is a problem in a democracy that is premised on a commitment stipulated in the Constitution that commits us to representative and participatory democracy and provides for public access to and involvement in the legislative process.

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