December 17, 2017

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries heard in Parliament this week that there is a downside to food security.

The backlogs in SAPS’ forensic science laboratories came under the spotlight in a very frank admission by police minister Fikile Mbalula’s office.

The number of firearms that have gone missing from SAPS provisions stores has skyrocketed from one in 2015/16 to 43 the following year.

Following DA allegations directed at Speaker to Parliament, Baleka Mbete, over non-payment by service providers for this year’s Speaker’s Ball, Parliament’s Ethics Committee has ruled Mbete is off the hook.

The Department of Social Development may be heading straight for another major social crisis, this time over Foster Care Grants.

How much has the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) spent on blankets from 2014-15 to 2016-17? In South Africa this seemingly innocuous question is politically loaded.

Parliament’s fourth and final term of the year always begins with annual report season, and so far a series of notifications of late submissions make for an inauspicious start.

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.

It’s been more than 10 years since the first attempt was made to review the Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs) and the process today is proving no less challenging.

It is commonly accepted that the wheels of bureaucracy grind slowly, but just how slowly has been made clear in the important oversight role played by Parliament’s Questions.

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