August 21, 2018

Occasionally hidden in the many long pages of Parliament’s Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports (ATCs), a precious nugget of information may be found. For example, here is something for those who are wondering when the state capture investigation to get underway. It turns out that a small start has already been made.

Those who value transparency and accountability in political party funding, and who welcomed the National Assembly’s passing of the contentious Political Party Funding Bill in March after a delay of more than a decade, may be in for a disappointment. The Bill has been sitting in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) since it was sent for concurrence in March, and records show that the NCOP has held only one hearing since then.

The Department of Labour “ignored the letter or spirit of decisions taken by the Labour Portfolio Committee” when it came to processing the three labour laws recently passed by the National Assembly.

Parliament has passed the National Minimum Wage Bill together with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. Most of the media is focusing on the minimum wage bill but the more draconian Labour Relations Bill is to offset monetary gains of workers and undermine the constitutional right to strike, writes EDDIE COTTLE.

South Africa’s determined ongoing efforts to cut its ties with the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) in the Hague re-surfaced at the tail end of a meeting of the Committee of Justice and Correctional Services in parliament.

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