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14 February 2016
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04 Feb 2016
SA: Parliament sends condolences on passing away of firts National Assembly Serjeant-At-Arms Godfre Cleinwerck
National Assembly (NA) Speaker, Ms Baleka Mbete and Deputy Speaker, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, have expressed their sadness over the passing away, today, of the first Serjeant-at-Arms of the democratic...
25 Nov 2015
Striking parliamentary staff continue protest outside gates
Striking parliamentary staff were locked out of the legislature on Wednesday but kept up a noisy protest outside the gates where a heavy police contingent stood guard. After they had disrupted the...
13 Nov 2015
No money for new bonuses - Parliament
Parliament would need an extra R50-million if it agreed to pay performance bonuses at the level that National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members were demanding, secretary...
05 Nov 2015
Ramaphosa dismisses DA proposal on university funding; MPs get chastised for ‘kindergarten behaviour’
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa poured cold water on Democratic Alliance (DA) proposals to fund the expected shortfall in university funding on Thursday during another chaotic sitting of the...
22 Sep 2015
Zuma agrees IEC vacancy shorlist too black
President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said he had requested Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to go back to the drawing board on shortlisting candidates to fill the vacancy on the Independent Electoral...
SA: President Zuma requests Chief Justice to re-initiate the process to appoint IEC Commissioner
President Jacob Zuma has accepted the request of the National Assembly that the process of filling the vacancy in the Independent Electoral Commission that arose after the resignation of Ms...
16 Mar 2015
DA: David Maynier says State Security Minister cannot be allowed to dodge urgent question on bizarre espionage investigation
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli, has turned down my request to put an urgent question to Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, on the bizarre investigation into...
04 Mar 2015
Parly approves Mashinini IEC appointment
The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the appointment of Vuma Mashinini to serve on the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), despite objections from opposition parties. Parliament's home...
SA: Parliament's Presiding Officers nd South African National Editors Forum agree to continue discussions
Parliament and the media should continue to hold discussions together on issues of mutual interest and there was an “open door” policy of engagement with media organisations. This was the message...
18 Feb 2015
Malema tells Zuma: See you on March 11
In a robust debate that largely stayed within parliamentary rules, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Tuesday told President Jacob Zuma he would be made to answer on March 11...
10 Feb 2015
DA: John Steenhuisen says Deputy Speaker Tsenoli has mislead the media
Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli’s remarks at this morning’s pre-SONA briefing that the DA had not given him sufficient notice and is responsible for the costs incurred by not attending Parliament’s...
11 Dec 2014
DA: Speaker is selectively targeting Opposition MPs
On 09 December 2014, I received notice from Speaker Baleka Mbete stating that the Powers and Privileges Committee will be investigating Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane MP and...
05 Dec 2014
Regime change not a bad thing – Pityana
The replacement of the African National Congress (ANC) by a new ruling party would just be democracy in practice, Professor Barney Pityana said on Thursday. "Regime change is not a bad thing, and...
21 Nov 2014
'You are a disgrace', Deputy Speaker tells MPs
"You are a disgrace", National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli told MPs on Friday, after shouting broke out across the House in the final minutes of a joint sitting debate on violence...
02 Nov 2014
DA: John Steenhuisen says Mbete must come clean on political interference allegations
The Democratic Alliance has noted a Sunday report which states that Parliament’s Presiding Officers have issued a directive to parliamentary staff working in the communications unit to put a good...
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