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It’s all systems go for the swearing in MPs
20 May 2019, 10:08 PM

Following a year of preparations, Parliament says it’s all systems go for the swearing in of its Members of Parliament (MPs) this week.

On Wednesday, members of the National Assembly will be sworn in as members of the sixth Parliament, and on Thursday it will be the turn of those who will serve in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

MPs have started making their way to Cape Town to report to Parliament.

The new designated members are having their personal details captured. They will also register for the range of facilities and perks they are granted as Members of Parliament.

A simulation of the swearing in is also part of the plan to make the new MPs comfortable with the process.

In the event of there being more than one nomination for the position of Speaker, Deputy President and President, all necessary arrangements are in place for that vote by secret ballot.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will preside over the swearing in of the 400 new MPs.

A bus
RTMC dispatches team to Intercape bus crash site
20 May 2019, 9:51 PM

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says it has dispatched a team of crash reconstruction and investigation experts to the site of the bus collision in the Free State.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane says the team will assist in establishing the cause of the crash that has claimed the lives of 8 people.

An Intercape bus overturned on Alma road in Welkom. Three of the passengers killed in the crash were children.

The bus driver is alleged to have committed suicide after the crash as he was found hung on a tree close to the scene of the gruesome crash.

Police say the bus was traveling from Durban to Upington via Welkom.

45  people have been transferred to various hospitals for serious and minor injuries.

A case of inquest have been opened.

Meanwhile, traffic officials are monitoring traffic on the Alma Road.

Nthabiseng Lephoko
Rift in Good Party as national chairperson resigns
20 May 2019, 8:58 PM

Days after the elections, there appears to be cracks in Patricia De Lille‘s newly formed Good Party allegedly over parliamentary seats.

The party’s national chair Nthabiseng Lephoko has resigned from the party, accusing De Lille of making unilateral decisions.

Lephoko made the revelation to SABC News on Monday.

The party ultimately bagged the 3% of the national vote, securing two seats in the National Assembly

“As a national leader which is part of the 5 that make up the national management, I found that my voice was a little but suppressed. You know we have three of our leaders in Cape Town and myself now based in Johannesburg  and Masego who is the national treasure in the North West. But when decision are made, you just hear that this is what is happening. So we were not so much included in making decisions,” says Lephoko.

Lephoko claims De Lille overlooked her for a parliamentary seat. Opting for the party’s national organiser Shaun August instead.

“There were promises that I must not worry I will be elected and I’ve got proof to that as well. The picture that was given is that it’s a woman led organisation. But there are two gentlemen in the provincial and national seats.”

The Good Party says it has not received Lephoko’s resignation, but says it’s alarmed at her reasons for leaving, claiming she never raised her reasons for her unhappiness.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office may resuscitate: Motshekga
20 May 2019, 8:28 PM

Former Justice Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Doctor Mathole Motshekga, says the incoming sixth Parliament may well consider resuscitating the inquiry into the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.

This follows the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling that she failed in her duties to investigate and report on the Vrede dairy project in the Free State.

The court found that Vrede Dairy Project report was unconstitutional and invalid and set aside.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fate has been hanging in the balance since her appointment in October 2016. She was accused of being a former spy, an accusation she intends to fight in court.

Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee also considered an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. This Inquiry was held in abeyance.
This after a court found that she had overstepped her powers on her remedial action wanting to change the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank.

The Reserve Bank wants the Constitutional Court to declare that Mkhwebane abused her office. The Concourt is yet to rule on the cost order against her.
This means that the Public Protector has two adverse findings against her office.

According to Motshekga, these rulings are likely to be debated in Parliament.

“I have no doubt if you take her into account, the question of the Reserve Bank and this question, people will go back to these issues and say is this person fit to hold office? So I don’t know how we escape from this but I think it is a reminder to all of us that the process determines the outcome.”

 

Court gavel
Cop behind bars following shooting of siblings
20 May 2019, 7:35 PM

A police captain has been remanded in custody after the fatal shooting of two siblings. The incident happened at his liquor shop at Makosha village in Giyani, Limpopo.

23-year-old Oscar Mkhabela died on the spot and his brother Kulani was rushed to Mankweng hospital in Polokwane.

It’s alleged that a fight ensued amongst the patrons and the captain was called to defuse the tension.

Police have condemned the violent actions.

Eight members arrested for public violence will appear in court on Tuesday.

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