January 16, 2019

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. 

The National Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on Party Political Funding starts its proceedings today, and Notes from the House gets a taste of things to come with a preview of one of the possible public submissions, from the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution.

President Jacob Zuma earlier this year hinted it should be illegal for land claimants to accept cash rather than opting for land to cultivate, yet Questions from Parliament reveal the latest figures on settled claims suggest he may have got this all wrong.

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