August 21, 2018

Despite the most intense monitoring of Parliament’s procedures the media, like everyone, was caught by surprise when the results of the no-confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma were announced.

A simple question addressed to the Police Minister has turned up a complex answer that may need a maths whiz to get the figures to add up.

An investigation by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) brought the cancer treatment crisis in KwaZulu-Natal to the public’s attention, demonstrating how a Chapter Nine Institution can serve citizens.

The rationale behind the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties was summarised succinctly by Committee Chairperson Vincent Smith: “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” he said.

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.

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