Speaker, the Committee on Private Members' Legislative Proposals in the past year blocked three proposals by members on the basis that the proposals pre-empted legislation which the executive planned shortly to introduce. The first was the proposal to amend the Executive Members' Ethics Act, Act No 82 of 1998, to provide for better accountability by the President in relation to the declaration of interests. The deadline set by the executive for bringing its own legislation has long passed. In fact, it is now seven months overdue.
The second was the proposed repeal of the South African Boxing Act, Act No 11 of 2001. Government's deadline for the introduction of its own Bill has now also passed and the promised legislation is nowhere to be seen. [Interjections.]
Only two weeks ago in this House we adopted a report of the committee to block another proposal, this time to regulate business interests of state employees. Minister Baloyi undertook that government was going to introduce its own legislation that would cover the ambit of the proposal, and that that would be done before the end of this financial year. But now we understand that this legislation also might not be ready in time.
This government must get its act together. Government's inaction makes a mockery of the work of the Committee on Private Members' Legislative Proposals. I thank you. [Applause.]