June 19, 2019

A departing offering of the fifth Parliament, unveiled on the day that the National Assembly rose for the last time, is a series of principles appended to the steps that lead to the building in which the National Assembly holds its plenary sessions.

The Traditional Courts Bill, one of the last Bills to be rushed through by the previous National Assembly, is one of the deeply controversial Bills which the sixth Parliament stands to inherit. It’s been in – and out of – the legislative pipeline since 2008. It’s dragged on, was revived by the fourth Parliament only to be tossed out by the Minister in 2011, has been renamed and amended, but like the proverbial bad penny, it has popped up again and again, according to the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. Read analysis by ANTON VAN DALSEN.

If there remains anyone out there who still buys into the elaborately crafted apartheid lie about the alleged insanity of Dimitri Tsafendas, the man who assassinated Hendrick Verwoerd, this thoroughly researched book will at last set the record straight.

The troublesome contest between surface versus mineral rights lies at the very heart of the complex issues raised in the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources’ report on the recommendations of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, published in Parliament in March.

Parliament has been told that the major beneficiaries of the government’s land reform programme to date have been ‘better-off men’ – often urban businessmen. Women and the rural poor continue to be short-changed by a system in need of radical overhaul, writes REBECCA DAVIS.

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