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Political parties differ on Mkhwebane’s proposed removal
30 January 2020, 8:06 PM

As Parliament prepares to go ahead with the inquiry into the possible removal of the Public Protector, some political parties appear not to support the move.

The institution has adopted new rules to facilitate the removal of the heads of  Chapter 9 institutions.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane will be the first to be subjected to this process.

However, she isn’t rolling over and playing dead.

Mkhwebane has threatened to take the matter to court, rejecting the new rules as unlawful and unconstitutional.

She’s raised concerns about right of reply, conflicted individuals and the fact that the Speaker of the National Assembly approved this motion before the existence of evidence was established.

But several lawmakers seem to think she doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Chief Whip of the ANC Pemmy Majodina says as the process unfolds, all questions will be answered.

“Nothing is going to be concluded without her being heard on by the ad-hoc committee, if we reach that stage. But I think she is very panicking. I think she must calm down and allow the process to unfold. The way she is talking, it’s like MPs would be on this panel. It will be an independent panel. I wish she could put her ducks in a row and understand exactly where we come from.”

She was supported by African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart.

“We are sure that the laws we passed in the NA (National Assembly) are constitutional and lawful and that it would survive the test in court. But if the PP (Public Protector) wants to test it she has a right to do so. But we are pretty confident that the new rules are solid.”

The EFF, however, is one of the parties with a different point of view.

The party’s Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Mkhwebane is being targeted because she has investigated ANC heavyweights such as Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

“We should be taking into consideration any criticism from the public, including the PP, about the removal of people heading Chapter 9 institutions. To that extent, we don’t think there is anything wrong she is doing. I am saying the trap we are avoiding is the one that this entire process is drawing attention to the removal of the PP and we are opposed to that.”

Political Commentator Lukhona Mnguni says it would serve Mkhwebane well to go through the process.

“She should name those people that she thinks are conflicted, tell the Speaker who they are, so they can’t be on the panel … but in a body of 400 MPs you can’t also say all of them are so conflicted that they can’t sit on a committee to scrutinise you. It’s the easiest way to get out of being held accountable and I think in a way she is already there, trying to avoid being held accountable and using every means possible to extend her time in office.”

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AbaThembu chiefs approach Parliament for King Dalindyebo’s release
21 November 2019, 7:58 PM

A group of AbaThembu chiefs has submitted a range of petitions to the National Council of Provinces in Parliament on what the group regards as prejudice against the Thembuland royal empire.

Emperor Thembu The Second, Votani Majola, says people from Thembuland are being marginalised when it comes to housing, land, socio-economic development and the justice system.

Majola has also expressed views on the AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo who has been jailed since 2015 for crimes including assault and arson.

“The issue of Dalindyebo has never been a criminal trial, has always been a political prosecution for reasons that are not clear to me. I think fighting with ANC. I don’t know what they are fighting. But to cut a long story short, Dalindyebo must be released. He should never have been there in the first place.”

A representative of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Abraham Sithole, has refuted Majola’s claims that Dalindyebo is not the King of the entire AbaThembu tribe.

“Maybe to further clarify that AbaThembu fall under kingship which is held by acting king Azinathi who is the child of the king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo who is currently in the correctional services centre.”

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Zille eligible for DA’s Federal Council chairperson position
7 October 2019, 1:37 PM

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, is eligible to contest for the leader of the party’s Federal Council chairperson. This is according to the party’s Presiding officer of its Federal Council for Elections, Desiree van der Walt.

She was responding to some newspaper report which cast doubt on Zille’s eligibility to compete for the position.

Van der Walt says she is satisfied as the presiding officer that all those nominated have been vetted and met the criteria to compete for the position. She has reminded candidates that the rules of engagement does not include negative campaigning.

Zille is competing against Athol Trollip, Thomas Walter and Mike Waters. The election for the position takes place later this month. The position became vacant after incumbent James Selfe resigned in June this year.

Steinhoff signage
Steinhoff parliamentary hearing postponed
8 August 2018, 4:19 PM

A meeting, where the representatives of Steinhoff were supposed to appear before Parliament’s Standing committee on Finance, has been moved to the end of this month.

According to the chairperson of the committee, Yunus Carrim, this is because those representatives are scheduled to appear in court in the Netherlands on the 21st of August, and will only be able to make the proposed meeting on the day after that by noon.

Steinhoff, a multinational retailer, has been embroiled in a massive accounting scandal.

See parliament’s statement below:

MEDIA ALERT

STEINHOFF BRIEFING POSTPONED TO 29 AUGUST

 Parliament, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 – In view of the fact that representatives of Steinhoff have to appear in court in the Netherlands on 21 August and can only make the proposed 22 August meeting by around noon, as well as the Parliamentary Budget Office budget conference on 22 August, among other reasons, the Steinhoff briefing has been postponed to Wednesday, 29 August 2018.

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, MR YUNUS CARRIM.

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