December 15, 2019

Tracking our taxes

October 15, 2019

Not all of our tax is spent on paying off the interest of Eskom’s debts. The “Policy on the Benefits of Executive Office” confirms what we have suspected all along. Yes, taxpayers do continue to support past presidents and deputy presidents for the rest of their lives. This is generally known, but the details have been kept under wraps, until now. Using the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the DA successfully has made this policy public.

PROFESSOR BALTHAZAR (not his real name), in a Daily Maverick article, refers to comments by the chief justice that the work of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) cannot be measured by conviction rates. True, but less learned citizens are not looking that far ahead. As the Zondo Commission daily reveals what look like indisputable cases of serious corruption, they want to see at least a start made in a prosecution process. Before there can be convictions, charges have to be laid.

Ongoing efforts to secure transparency in political party funding is starting to appear reminiscent of the fable of the tortoise and the hare as the race to craft regulations in terms of the Political Party Funding Act, which started off by passing through the parliamentary process at record speed, now looks to be overtaken by changes to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

Parliament’s rules committee is aiming to have a process to remove non-performing heads of Chapter Nine institutions in place by October, according to JAN-JAN JOUBERT, and it is expected that Public Protector Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane is likely to be first in line.

The government has started the process of handing over title deeds to South Africans across the country who wish to own their own properties, even as the parliamentary ad hoc committee to change section 25 of the Constitution decides the way forward for the future of property ownership in South Africa, writes JAN-JAN JOUBERT.

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