September 26, 2018

Almost a quarter of parliamentary posts (23%) are currently standing empty, which could in part explain why there is sometimes a sense that Parliament is not doing its job properly.

Notes from the House got hold of Parliament’s latest Annual Report, which is no feat of investigative journalism as it is required by law to be made public. All that is needed is the will to read it, but few South Africans are likely to even try.

2017 was a bumper year of parliamentary business, court battles, internal squabbles, jousting, brinkmanship, attempts to remove the President from office, dissolve Parliament and parliamentary inquiries, as the Parliamentary Monitoring Group saw it.

Here's Parliament's own report for the year. It's left out all the messy bits....but read for yourself and decide if your Parliament passed muster.

It’s a first for Parliament. Never before has a parliamentary committee had to conduct what amounts to a full-scale commission of inquiry.

It’s the stuff of Kafka short stories. Notes from the House has kept a diary, if for no other reason than to make sure we don't forget.

This is no idle question. The financial reverberations are significant as service providers wrestle each other to gain desperately needed revenue, and debts mount in municipalities.

Up to R2.5-billion have been lost in illicit contracts with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) which National Treasury has kept under wraps for almost a year.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown looks as if she is walking the path to the end of her political career.

The number of informal settlements is growing. There is also very little capacity in government to implement informal settlement upgrading effectively.

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