December 15, 2019

In a written question to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development the EFF wanted to know the names of the ten largest commercial land owners in each province. It turns out the answer is not White Monopoly Capital.

Most political victories are won in courts these days. Most recently the Pretoria High Court set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (or the ‘arms deal’). JUDITH FEBRUARY argues that the application, brought by the Right to Know campaign and Corruption Watch, represents a victory in the decades-long campaign to ensure that some form of accountability follows the corruption-riddled deal.

The South African parliament is fast becoming a parliament functioning in the breach rather than in the main, writes JAN-JAN JOUBERT. Over the 35 weeks of the first eight months of this year, parliament was in session for only 13 weeks, and dysfunctional or in recess for fully 22 weeks.

Big changes in electoral law are on the cards after the allegations around double-voting were made in the general election in May this year. JAN-JAN JOUBERT looks back on the drama that played out largely behind the scenes at the election results centre in Pretoria in the days immediately following the May 8 election.

As the battle about the future form of party political funding heats up, the parliamentary portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development has tabled amendments to the Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill, 2019 in what could be a conflictual process.

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