May 21, 2019

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.

The Division of Revenue Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly on 15 March, has got the nod from the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), and is now on its way to the President for his assent, which means it is well on its way to becoming law.

As the truth emerges about the two-year rule of Gengezi Mgidlana as Secretary to Parliament, and we learn about misappropriation of funds, disregard for Parliament’s legally binding procurement procedures, and a leadership style that seemed to assume it was beyond accountability, I am left wondering if during his disciplinary hearing he will be asked why he called in the State Security Agency to vet all parliamentary staff.

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