January 17, 2018

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.

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.

Ten years ago the idea of combining a number of constitutionally established bodies into one Human Rights Body was mooted. Nothing more was heard, until 14 May this year.

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.

The Hawks made a presentation to the Mineral Resources Committee on illegal mining as a national risk, except that it came across as a much-needed job creation strategy.

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