THINGS FALL APART

It’s rather worrying when a Constitutional Court judgment creates ‘some confusion’ in government about the department responsible for giving effect to the order concerned. But that was apparently what happened when, in 2017, the court found the 2011 Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Act invalid. Which is why it took nearly two years for the […]

NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS

Some Bills before Parliament receive the attention they deserve from Ministers and Deputy Ministers, who regularly attend meetings of the committees concerned to ensure the process runs smoothly and that any changes made are drafted correctly. I’m not a political commentator. Neither do I believe it’s my place to endorse or oppose government policy unless […]

PERSPECTIVES FROM A GERMAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST (and other things)

Very occasionally, I meet interesting people from foreign lands in the basement laundry. This morning, it was a professor in political science from the University of Bremen. He’s in South Africa conducting research on education and health facilities, so I asked him what he thinks of ‘our’ Parliament – which he has watched on YouTube. […]

‘OUR’ MPs

I’m disappointed in our members of Parliament (MPs). Most of them make no effort at all to understand the more complex, often technical Bills they process. Even the ANC’s Yunus Carrim has admitted MPs generally don’t read the documents they receive. If you don’t believe me, listen to the Parliamentary Monitoring Group recording of a […]