July 22, 2018

The Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA), Kimi Makwethu, reported to Parliament this week that “contestation” is becoming an increasing problem.

By this he meant that every year AGSA encounters more and more attempts by government departments and their related entities to interfere with the auditing process, even with personal threats and intimidation.

As this year’s annual report season draws to a close, the official opposition is reeling at the amount of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure that has been incurred by government.

The issue of safety on trains eclipsed the Auditor General's reportback to the Select Committee on Economic and Business Development of the National Council of Provinces.

The Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, wants the Auditor General to decide on the legality of the recent South African Airways (SAA) bailout.

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. 

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