Tough questions await ministers

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Below follows a list of questions, some tough, awaiting Cabinet ministers:

NOTICE OF PRIORITISED QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY

 

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL REPLY

DEPUTY PRESIDENT

WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 2010

?1. Mr A J Williams (ANC) to ask the Deputy President:

(a) What are the key findings and outcomes of the government Public Participation Week which took place from 9 to15 November 2009 and (b) how will issues raised by communities at these events be addressed to ensure that our people’s quality of life is improved? NO384E

?2. Mr M J Ellis (DA) to ask the Deputy President:

Whether, with reference to his reply to oral Question 16 on 4 November 2009, he proposed any sanctions to Cabinet on ministers who failed to reply to questions in the National Assembly in 2009? NO386E

?3. Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Deputy President:

(1) Whether the Cabinet will adopt a lifestyle audit to include assets and business interests including an audit of (a) spouses, (b) children and (c) personal business partners; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether Cabinet has taken any decision on closer scrutiny and transparency with the awarding of State tenders; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO390E

?4. Ms S C N Sithole (ANC) to ask the Deputy President:

What (a) is the (i) composition, (ii) mandate and (iii) focus of the Anti-Corruption Inter-Ministerial Committee that was announced by Cabinet in November 2009, (b) action plan has been identified by the Committee and (c) will be its relationship with law-enforcement agencies? NO383E

 

 

PEACE AND SECURITY

GROUP 1

?20. Mr J B Sibanyoni (ANC) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:

When will (a) he make a declaration on the magisterial jurisdiction of Ekangala and (b) the new Ekangala magistrate’s court be officially opened? NO357E

?21. Mr T W Coetzee (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether he has launched an investigation into the conduct of the VIP Protection Unit with regard to the arrest of a certain University of Cape Town student (name furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO358E

?34. Mrs J D Kilian (Cope) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether the public will be informed about steps (a) implemented to investigate the matter and (b) that will be taken against police officers and other agents who infringed the Constitutional rights of a certain student (name furnished) ; if not, why not, if so, when, in each case? NO375E

?15. Mrs L S Chikunga (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:

(a) What was the purpose of the police function in Bloemfontein and (b) how many police officers attended the function? NO352E

?39. Mr V B Ndlovu (IFP) to ask the Minister of Police:

On which provision of the Constitution does the shoot-to-kill policy rely? NO380E

?8. Mr Z L Madasa (ANC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What guidelines will be used for the co-ordination of immigration and police functions during the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament to protect victims of human trafficking and arrest the perpetrators? NO344E

?2. Rev K R J Meshoe (ACDP) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) Whether any police officers have been arrested and successfully prosecuted in the past five years for aiding in the theft of, or stealing, confiscated drugs from storerooms of the Pretoria Forensic Science Laboratory; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, how many were (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) successfully prosecuted;

(2) whether the stolen drugs were recovered; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO334E

?40. Mr J H van der Merwe (IFP) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:

(1) With reference to his reply to Question 2210 on 1 December 2009, whether he will appoint an allocated researcher for each judge in the country; if not, why not;

(2) whether he will make a statement on the matter? NO381E

?4. Ms S T Ndabeni (ANC) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

What (a) plans and (b) mechanisms has she put in place to avoid a qualified audit opinion as was the case in the 2008-09 financial year? NO340E

?28. Mrs D A Schäfer (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether he or his department has put any measures in place to deal with human trafficking (a) in general and (b) in light of the threats posed regarding the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO365E

?35. Mr D A Kganare (Cope) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:

(1) In how many cases since April 2009 did the State Attorney defend provincial governments against law suits for non-payment;

(2) (a) which provinces are affected and (b) who are the other parties involved;

(3) (a) what was the total amount involved with regard to cases that were settled out of court and (b) who were the other parties involved? NO376E

?11. Ms T B Sunduza (ANC) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

(1) (a) What has been the achievements of the African Union Ministerial Committee on post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Southern Sudan since the chairpersonship of South Africa, (b) what form of assistance has South Africa (i) provided and (ii) provided in partnership with its development partners in bringing about post-conflict reconstruction and development in Southern Sudan;

(2) whether it has been their finding that Sudan is now ready to hold general elections; if not, why not; if so, what is this finding based on;

(3) whether Sudan is ready to hold free and fair elections; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO348E

?26. Mrs D A Schäfer (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) How many SA Police Service (SAPS) members were charged as a result of criminal actions from 1 January to 31 December 2009, (b) how many were convicted of the crimes they were charged with and (c) what are the (i) names, (ii) ranks and (iii) charges of such members;

(2) whether the members charged are still working within the SAPS; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NO363E

?13. Ms W Ngwenya (ANC) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:

(a) How many Parole Boards have dedicated office accommodation, (b) how many offices are still to be built and (c) when will all Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards have dedicated office accommodation? NO350E

?17. Ms M A Molebatsi (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:

How will the increase by 10% of the members of the SA Police Service be managed together with the strategy for the retraining of police officers? NO354E

?32. Ms M Smuts (DA) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:

(1) Whether the (a) Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and/or (b) Heads of Court (i) took a view or (ii) made a recommendation on the appointment of state employees as judges; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) when and (bb) what was the view or recommendation by each body;

(2) whether he took such a view or recommendation into account when he appointed a certain person (name furnished) to act in the North West provincial division; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO369E

?37. Mr L Ramatlakane (Cope) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) Whether his department has kept a record of the number of fatal shootings by members of the SA Police Service in line with the shoot-to-kill policy of Government; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each case (a) in the 2008-09 financial year and (b) during the period 1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

(2) whether all the victims were identified criminals; if not,

(3) whether the Government is being sued by (a) the public or (b) family members of the victims; if so, what are the relevant details in each case (a) in the 2008-09 financial year and (b) during the period 1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available;

(4) whether any (a) claims (i) have been settled and (ii) are still outstanding and (b) money has been saved by his department due to such settlement; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case (a) in the 2008-09 financial year and (b) during the period 1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available? NO378E

?16. Ms A van Wyk (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) What is the (a) policy with regard to and (b) purpose of funding community police forums;

(2) whether the decision to fund them or not can be taken by premiers or members of executive committees (MECs); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO353E

?9. Mr B A D Martins (ANC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What can be done to fast-track her department’s “WHO AM I ONLINE” IT project as part of the ongoing efforts to counter corruption and promote the e-border concept and e-government? NO346E

?3. Rev K R J Meshoe (ACDP) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether the Government has entered into discussions with the government of Zimbabwe on the implications of their “Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations 2010 on foreign investment” on the refugee situation in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO335E

?5. Ms N R Mabedla (ANC) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

In view of criminal activities at the borders and ports of entry, what kind of support is the SA National Defence Force providing to secure the borders and ports? NO341E

?25. Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

(a) What is South Africa’s national interests with regards to its foreign policy to China and (b) (i) who determines these policies and (ii) how are they determined? NO362E

?12. Mr H T Magama (ANC) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

What agenda does she have for the United Nations Security Council to continue to add more value to (a) South Africa’s strong reputation and track record as a progressive agent of change and (b) the pursuit of an effective and equitable system of global governance in Africa? NO349E

?22. Mr T W Coetzee (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

(1) What was the role of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in the (a) interrogation and (b) search of the house of a certain University of Cape Town student (name furnished) while he was in custody;

(2) whether he has launched an investigation into the conduct of the NIA officials in this case; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NO359E

?6. Mr E M Mlambo (ANC) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:

What is the actual state of readiness of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF)? NO342E

?7. Mr M Johnson (ANC) to ask the Minister of State Security:

Whether his department is implementing any measures to protect farmers from continued stock thefts that cost poor farmers substantive financial losses per annum; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what measures? NO343E

?23. Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

What has been the progress with the establishment of the border management agency that was announced by the President in his state of the nation address on 3 June 2009? NO360E

?10. Mrs M M Maunye (ANC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What will be done to improve the presence of her department at health facilities to record births, given the increased focus on (a) health, (b) countering corruption and (c) improving service delivery? NO347E

?14. Ms W Ngwenya (ANC) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:

How many victims made representations in parole hearings (a) in the 2008-09 financial year and (b) during the period 1 April 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available? NO351E

?33. Mrs T M A Gasebonwe (ANC) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

What plans are in place in her department to recruit young people to enrol in (a) interships and (b) National Youth Service programmes? NO372E

?24. Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

What is her department’s (a) total staff compliment at the UN and (b) cost for such staff related to (i) office and (ii) housing accommodation per year? NO361E

?29. Ms M Smuts (DA) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:

Whether Legal Aid South Africa (the Legal Aid Board) has (a)(i) joined or (ii) launched an action or (b) represents litigants against him and/or any other parties for failing to provide the trial records of the Johannesburg Medium B prisoners who wish to appeal their sentences; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) who are the parties to the class action, (bb) who are the respondents, (cc) why are the trial records not available and (dd) what steps will he take to remedy this? NO366E

?30. Mrs N W A Michael (DA) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:

(a) What processes were used with regard to (i) advertising and (ii) interviewing, including the criteria used, with regard to the appointment of the new director-general of his department, (b) how many (i) applications were received and (ii) applicants were interviewed and (c) on what basis was the incumbent director-general appointed? NO367E

 

QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR ORAL REPLY NOW PLACED FOR WRITTEN REPLY BECAUSE IN EXCESS OF QUOTA [Rule 108(8)]

?1. Mrs C Dudley (ACDP) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) Whether he has been informed of the crime situation at the Krugersdorp Game Reserve on the West Rand, Gauteng, where it has been reported that poachers, with the aid of a helicopter, recently raided the game reserve and removed the horns of two rhinos using chainsaws; if so,

(2) whether he has been informed that this was the fourth incident of its kind in the past eight months; if so,

(3) whether he will investigate allegations that the SA Police Service (SAPS) is failing to aid game wardens who report rhino poaching and that no progress is made on investigations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) what is the SAPS policy in this regard? NO330E

?18. Mr H P Chauke (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether his department has a policy for the disposal of confiscated goods such as precious metals, gold, diamonds, rhino horns and drugs; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how effective is the policy in ensuring that drugs and precious metals are not lost from the forensic science laboratory and/or police stations and (b) how does the SA Police Service ensure that persons suspected of theft from the laboratory are brought to book? NO355E

?19. Mrs P A Mocumi (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether any arrests were made at Mkhondo Municipality following the protest march in June 2009 which left four councillors’ houses, a library and a community hall destroyed; if not, why not; if so, (a) how many and (b) what is the status of the cases? NO356E

?27. Mr M Waters (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether the Sebenza police station is to be relocated; if not, (a) why not and (b) what is being done about the (i) structural and (ii) flooding problems at the current police station; if so, (aa) when and (bb) to where? NO364E

?31. Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether he will make a statement on the state of the investigation into the strategic defence packages signed on 3 December 1999? NO368E

?36. Mr D A Kganare (Cope) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) How many officials of the SA Police Service (SAPS) (a) retired from the SAPS and (b) were employed by the SAPS since 2005;

(2) (a) what type of training did they undergo and (b) for how long;

(3) what is the minimum academic requirement for appointment of (a) police officers and (b) reservists? NO377E

?38. Mr V B Ndlovu (IFP) to ask the Minister of Police:



Whether gun owners handed their unregistered firearms to the SA Police Service during the amnesty period; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NO379E