June 19, 2019

A new column in Notes from the House tells you in brief about what goes on in Parliament behind the scenes. No fake news will be published – although you may wonder if some of this really did happen.

One of Parliament’s chief objectives is oversight of the executive, and one of the primary tools it uses to achieve this is Question Time.

Last year’s hearing by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties broke all records and met an extraordinarily tight deadline by processing extensive public consultation and reaching approval on the Bill within about three months ... only to encounter a fresh delay in the new year.

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has pledged its full support for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in its efforts to bring criminals in the police force to book.

Most commentators seemed fairly resigned to switch to the more regressive tax policy announced in this year’s Budget Speech, saying it’s the only way to fill the empty coffers. But civil society is having none of this.

A submission to Parliament by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism on the proposed Critical Infrastructure Bill has been welcomed for expressly raising the omission of public interest and public domain defence clauses in the Bill.

All State of the Nation Addresses promise many things. It’s been a very long time since we have heard one which promised hope.

After a day-long discussion, a joint meeting of parliamentary Committees affected by the drought agreed on one point: We need one clear voice to articulate a national strategy.

Proposed amendments to what has colloquially become known as the debt relief Bill is seen by some as a long overdue move to address the needs of the very poor who are drowning in debt. Others see it as a ‘moral hazard’ that will encourage defaulters.

Investigations by the Unite Behind coalition has exposed what tens of thousands of commuters have suspected for a long time. It claims the cause of the chaos that has left the country’s railways in shambles has its roots in Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) corruption and thievery.

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