November 20, 2019

The Constitution itself has become “contested terrain,” writes Judith February, who warns that it would be a pity if, in questioning the negotiated settlement, the Constitution itself becomes collateral damage.

At the Ad Hoc Committee hearings, Richard Calland experienced déjà vu, and relief that legislation that could rebuild integrity in South African politics may be on its way.

We need a ‘Rogues List’ of ministers who show total disregard for Parliament, writes Judith February. Ministers Muthambi and Dlamini come tops, just below their boss, President Zuma.

StatsSA’s recent shocking revelations about the plight of the poorest don’t reflect the cost to children, which is even greater than the stats suggest, a Minister's question showed.

When exactly is Parliament’s own version of a probe into state capture going to leave the starting blocks? The Committee on State Enterprises meeting was yet another false start.

The no confidence motion must have left Zuma reeling. So he did what he always does when he is cross. He went home to KZN to vent, writes Judith February.

The issue of funeral policy deductions from social grants has just become ‘curiouser and curiouser’ with some opposition MPs questioning Sassa’s latest move on these deductions.

More than R1-billion in private donations may have been given to political parties before the last election – and the public has no idea where this money came from, or where it went.

Are the government procurement officials who are responsible for spending our taxpayers’ billions trained and equipped for the responsibility that goes with this job?

Speaker Baleka Mbete’s last-minute decision in favour of a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence debate may have come as a pleasant surprise, but it changes nothing. 

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