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Traditional Courts bill full steam ahead despite public pressure to stop it

Feb. 4, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

After a protracted parliamentary process, the contentious Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) is back on the agenda! This may have come as a surprise to anyone reading this weekend’s Sunday Times, which reported that the ANC Women’s League, opposition parties and a number of civil society groups appeared to ...

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SWEAT stages protest during WEGE parliamentary meeting

Feb. 4, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

In parliament on Wednesday 29 January, during public hearings on the controversial Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill to the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) staged a demonstration in the committee room where Minister Lulu Xingwana was ...

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Will ratepayers take the strain of new Municipal Rates Amendment Bill?

Jan. 31, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

Criticising the Municipal Rates Amendment Bill, Mr Parks Tau, Johannesburg City Executive Mayor, spoke about its impact on the domestic ratepayer and city budgets. Exemption from rates was in the public service interest. The Bill would shift R400 million per annum from government to the ratepayer. The impact amounted to ...

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PSIRA bill raises restriction on foreign ownership alarms bells

Jan. 31, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

After being voted through the National Assembly towards the end of 2013, opposition MPs kicked up enough fuss to get the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment (PSIRA) Bill sent back to the Portfolio Committee on Police this year... only to get see it passed again on Wednesday 29 January, minutes ...

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Police Portfolio Committee endorse McBride for IPID head

Jan. 30, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

In front of a committee meeting packed with members of the public, think tanks, NGOs and the media on Wednesday, the Portfolio Committee on Police voted 7-3 in support of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s controversial nomination of former Ekhuruleni Metro Police Chief Robert Robert McBride to head up the ...

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Police Portfolio Committee Chair Van Wyk reflects on police v. protesters

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

On Tuesday, before turning the Portfolio Committee on Police's attention to considering the controversial Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment (PSIRA) bill, Chairperson Annelize Van Wyk began the meeting on a sombre note by making mention of the fact that this year has not started off well for SAPS, with ...

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ACDP leader Rev Meshoe returns to parliament after six month break

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

People's Assembly (PA) notes that African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe is back in the big house this year. After a six month leave of absence from Parliament, Meshoe was spotted attending the Police Portfolio Committee's first meeting of 2014, on Tuesday 28 November.

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Review of Parliament's Rule Book

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

The current review of the Rules of Parliament is not only in compliance with statutory requirements but in response to pressures from the leading and minority opposition parties in Parliament. Moves made by the Democratic Alliance to pass a Motion of No Confidence on the President of the Republic last ...

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On SAPS

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

“When a Government collapses, the first thing to go is justice, and there is no justice in this country.”

These words were muttered by a disgruntled opposition MP during a tea break after a presentation from the South African Police Services (SAPS). The Portfolio Committee on Police had just gone ...

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Change is slow but possible

Jan. 29, 2014 (5 years, 9 months ago) — Comments

Of all the parliamentary committees I have visited, the most informative has been the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Due to my studies in Development and Gender, attending this Committee has extended my knowledge and I have witnessed the reality of how policies can either produce ...

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