June 19, 2018

Parliament appears to be trying to distance itself from the looming disciplinary hearing against its suspended Secretary to Parliament (STP), Gengezi Mgidlana, who has deeply embarrassed the institution by being accused of a series of allegations of abuse of power and financial mismanagement.

One of Parliament’s chief objectives is oversight of the executive, and a tool it uses to achieve this is Question Time. Questions for oral or written reply can be put to the President, the Deputy President and Ministers, and gives Members of Parliament the opportunity to monitor the Government’s service delivery. However, many of the answers leave South Africans with more questions.

Public Protector (PP) Busisiwe Mkhwebane appeared to have one overriding concern when she appeared before Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Service Committee to present her Annual Performance Plan (APP) in April.

The State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy – also known as the Chapter 9 Institutions because they were established in terms of Chapter Nine of the Constitution ‑ have requested a meeting with the President to address their current budget cuts.

From reports of the Annual Performance Plan of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) one could easily come away with the impression that the only real problem currently facing the Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Shaun Abrahams, was a funding shortage.

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