SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TO CLARIFY SEPARATION OF POWERS ISSUES

| May 30, 2017

CAPE TOWN, The Speaker of the National Assembly, the lower House of the South African Parliament, Baleka Mbete, says she wants to set the record straight regarding the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive.

Mbete, who tables Parliament's Budget Vote in the National Assembly here Tuesday, wants to get a few things off her chest and says she says she will use Tuesday's Parliamentary budget vote to do so.

Three issues she says will dominate the debate. The first is the recent spate of killings of women, many of them murdered by their partners. Second is the slow pace of the country's land reform programme and third she wants to share Parliament's own experiences to what's commonly referred to as judicial over-reach.

During the media briefing Monday, Parliament staff had gathered in front of the National Assembly to voice their disapproval of reports that they will not receive any salary increases this year.

Meanwhile, Parliament is preparing for yet another busy week which will kick off Tuesday morning with the appearance of a former MP Brian Molefe, the chief executive officer of power utility Eskom, who will brief the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) on Eskom's relationship with a business entity, Tegeta, owned by the controversial Gupta family.

President Jacob Zuma is also expected in the House this week. The Presidency will lead it's budget vote debate on Wednesday and the President is due to respond to the debate on Thursday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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