May 22, 2018

The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, this week led the South African parliamentary delegation to the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly.

Six months after the news first emerged that ANC presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Ndlamini Zuma was receiving VIP protection services nothing has changed, despite the public outcry.

The President extended Operation Phakisa into the area of land reform to speed up restitution and rural development, but failed to make any funding available for its implementation.

A top-level Committee meeting at Parliament this week heard that another shutdown could be pending soon in the volatile region of Vuwani in Limpopo.

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.

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