September 26, 2018

Last year’s hearing by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties broke all records and met an extraordinarily tight deadline by processing extensive public consultation and reaching approval on the Bill within about three months ... only to encounter a fresh delay in the new year.

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has pledged its full support for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in its efforts to bring criminals in the police force to book.

Most commentators seemed fairly resigned to switch to the more regressive tax policy announced in this year’s Budget Speech, saying it’s the only way to fill the empty coffers. But civil society is having none of this.

A submission to Parliament by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism on the proposed Critical Infrastructure Bill has been welcomed for expressly raising the omission of public interest and public domain defence clauses in the Bill.

The DA and EFF gained a lot from the disaster that was Zuma. Both made impressive gains at the polls in recent years with the result that electoral politics, and Parliament, have been reinvigorated as sites of public contention, writes Imraan Buccus.

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