MPs hear tales of abuse of farm dwellers by farmers, mines

A delegation of parliamentarians heard allegations that some farmers in Mpumalanga banned farm dwellers from keeping livestock, poisoned water and grazing lands, shot people and stole animals belonging to the farm dwellers. There were also of hundreds of families in the province who could be evicted from their land by[…]

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No more expensive flights, security upgrades for MPs

Gone are the days of Ministers, Premiers and Mayors living in the laps of luxury. At least, that’s according to Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu. There will be no more security upgrades to personal homes or being chauffeured around in expensive cars. READ: Ministers declare gifts of whisky, Pirates[…]

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MPs to debate Eskom woes next week

Members of the National Assembly will have a debate on the woes of Eskom next week in Parliament. The Democratic Alliance (DA) requested the debate over the power utility battling to keep the lights on as well as an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that Eskom will be unbundled into[…]

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42 unnamed MPs declared their interests late

At least 42 “honourable” members of Parliament have failed to declare their interests by the set deadline and are in breach of members’ code of ethics. However, the chairpersons of the Joint Ethics Committee does not want to name them just yet. At a press briefing on Tuesday, chairpersons Amos[…]

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Extra charges on Sassa card users worry MPs

Members of Parliament have raised concerns that social grant beneficiaries who use social security agency Sassa cards will be charged an extra R10 from the beginning of next month. MP’s say most beneficiaries depend on the grants for their livelihood and the extra charges are unacceptable. Sassa’s Diane Dunkerley says[…]

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MPs to consider the Political Party Funding Bill

Private donations to political parties will soon be a thing of the past. This comes after Members of Parliament are due to consider the Political Party Funding Bill in the National Assembly on Tuesday. It will result in the identities of party funders becoming public. Donors to political parties in[…]

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Opposition MPs bay for absent ministers’ blood

When President Cyril Ramaphosa famously said “send me” in his State of the Nation Address, it apparently did not include sending his Cabinet to Parliament. On Thursday afternoon, not a single member of Cabinet was present in the National Assembly for members’ statements, one of the ways in which Parliament[…]

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How to dissolve the National Assembly

The DA on Wednesday announced that it intends to table a motion to dissolve Parliament on Thursday. This will be a first for a democratic South Africa, and if it succeeds, it will necessitate an early national election. The process to dissolve the National Assembly is set out in section[…]

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Hunt on for ‘treasonous’ ANC rebel MPs

ANC heavyweights are threatening to hunt those who voted against President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday as the DA pushes for an early election. Meanwhile, The Times’s sister publication, the Sowetan, has established that ANC MPs in a critical caucus meeting before Tuesday’s no-confidence vote were told that their jobs could[…]

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