July 22, 2018

After a long silence, the former deputy head of the Parliamentary Protection Services (PPS), who was placed on precautionary suspension back in 2015, has resurfaced demanding the opportunity to clear his name.

The ongoing disquiet over the decade-long MalaMala land deal provides a salutary lesson on the need to tread with great caution. This comes amid the talk of land restitution, with or without compensation, as Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee traverses the country scanning public opinion on whether it’s necessary to meddle with the Constitution to achieve this.

Here is something for those who are wondering when the state capture investigation will get underway. It turns out that a small start has already been made.

Occasionally hidden in the many long pages of Parliament’s Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports (ATCs), a precious nugget of information may be found. For example, here is something for those who are wondering when the state capture investigation to get underway. It turns out that a small start has already been made.

Those who value transparency and accountability in political party funding, and who welcomed the National Assembly’s passing of the contentious Political Party Funding Bill in March after a delay of more than a decade, may be in for a disappointment. The Bill has been sitting in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) since it was sent for concurrence in March, and records show that the NCOP has held only one hearing since then.

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