July 05, 2020

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.

Have we at last heard the end of the protracted disciplinary process against suspended Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana after the Speaker accepted recommendations by the disciplinary committee that he be summarily dismissed after being found guilty of serious misconduct? Possibly, but also possibly not.

The Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), LAWSON NAIDOO, introduces the term ‘lawfare’, which was coined to describe the political strategy that emerged when diverse civil society groups joined forces with the courts, in particular the Constitutional Court, in the fight against state capture and corruption.

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