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No gifts or hospitality for Defence Minister and Deputy

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The public representatives named by President Cyril Ramaphosa to oversee the national defence and military veterans portfolio do not accept gifts and or hospitality...

Parliament to have a security chief after an eight year absence

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It’s taken over eight years to find a suitable person to take on the responsibility of security for the South African Parliament. A 7 September...

SAAF aircraft unavailability to be questioned in Parliament

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Armscor’s seeming inability to “conclude” maintenance contracts for equipment in SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service, especially aircraft, has reached an untenable point, with...

Modise named and shamed for not responding timeously to questions

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise has been singled out as a “chief culprit” for not timeously answering Parliamentary questions. Her accuser was National...

Parliament joins SANDF as anti-DPWI

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Patricia de Lille’s Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has again been pushed out of the picture, this time by Finance Minister Enoch...

First part of Parliamentary fire report completed

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The bulk of a preliminary assessment and report on fire damage to two buildings in the Parliamentary precinct are complete according to Public Works...

Alleged Parliament arsonist charged with terrorism

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The man accused of starting the fire which gutted Parliament buildings, including the National Assembly last week, has been referred for mental observation following...

Parliament fire won’t impact portfolio committee work

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The devastating fire that ripped through Parliament, while tragic as regards damage caused, should not affect functioning of the vitally important component that is...

Inspection of fire damaged Parliament once building declared safe

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Parliament’s presiding officers, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chair Amos Masondo, are satisfied with progress containing the...

Busy time ahead for Parliamentary defence committees

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In less than a month Parliament will rise for the year-end break but before then the defence oversight committees have the proverbial mountain to...

Booze, chopping boards and flowers listed as ministerial gifts

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According to an official Parliamentary document, immediate past defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula declared wooden chopping boards, a flower bouquet, bottle of...

Ill-discipline a major issue in the SAPS, Parliament hears

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police (PCOP) has raised concerns over ill-discipline within the South African Police Service (SAPS), including the 686 disciplinary cases registered...

Parliamentary defence questions stand, replies are new Minister’s responsibility

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She is no longer minister of defence and military veterans but that doesn’t mean Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula “escapes” the responsibility of parliamentary questions. A ministerial task...

Parliament committees conduct oversight in KZN, Gauteng

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The Joint Standing Committee on Defence and the Portfolio Committee on Police will today undertake an oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng to assess...

South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties...

Denel decay to be taken up in Parliament

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The decay at Denel has reached the stage where it is affecting combat readiness of especially the SA Air Force (SAAF) with a call...

Virtual oversight visit by Parliamentary committee

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations made full use of technology to conduct a three continent wide virtual oversight programme of South African foreign...

Parliament’s defence oversight committee lists 2021 challenges

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Parliament “officially” starts on Thursday this week with the Presidential State of the Nation Address (SONA) but its engine rooms – the oversight committees...

No military involvement at SONA this year

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This year’s SONA (State of the Nation Address) will be stripped of its military ceremony, along with other elements which signify the official commencement...

Tunisia’s parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle amid protests

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Tunisia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a Cabinet reshuffle that deepened the conflict between the prime minister and the president, as hundreds protested outside the...

Parliamentary defence oversight committees set to meet before SONA

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The first sitting of Parliament this year starts in less than a fortnight with the Presidential State of the Nation Address (SONA) but committee...

Parliament welcomes woman Defence Secretary appointment

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The appointment of the new Secretary for Defence, Gladys Sonto Kudjoe, signifies the continued empowerment of women in the defence sector, says Parliament’s Portfolio...

Parliamentary committee takes “strong exception” to CSANDF absence

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) took “strong exception” to the absence of South Africa’s most senior soldier from a briefing where the...

CSANDF non-appearance at Parliament “disrespectful”

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Members of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) were left high and dry when SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke...

Military Ombud told “work fearlessly” by Parliamentary Committee

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) this week reminded the Military Ombud it has to work without fear, favour, bias or...

Parliament and the National State of Disaster

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The South African Parliament, in common with many around the world, is grappling with effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Constitutional obligations including oversight,...

Defence portfolio committee to meet twice before SONA

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While the public face of Parliament at work begins annually with the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the work of committees, where oversight...

Mauritian Parliament dissolved

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth dissolved parliament and said the Indian Ocean island will hold a general election on November 7. The country,...

Opposition MP elected Algeria Parliament chairman

Algerian lawmakers elected an Islamist opposition figure chairman of parliament under pressure from mass protests demanding the departure of the ruling elite. Parliament elected Slimane...

Nigeria Parliament lockdown

Nigeria’s National Assembly was on lockdown after shots were fired outside during clashes between police and Shi’ite Muslim protesters. Both sides blamed the other for...

SA Parliament elects committee chairs

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress used its majority to elect new committee chairmen, including a lawmaker accused of bribery, despite opposition from rival...

Nigeria parliament blockade condemned

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A blockade of Nigeria's parliament by security forces preventing lawmakers from entering for up to an hour was done without the presidency's...

Access to Nigerian parliament temporarily blocked

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Security forces temporarily blocked the entrance to Nigeria's parliament on Tuesday, preventing lawmakers and others from entering for up to an hour,...

New date set for Mugabe diamond hearing

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Former President Robert Mugabe was scheduled to answer questions this week related to diamond mining operations during his tenure in the Zimbabwe...

Nigerian parliamentary mace is safe

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Nigeria's police recovered a ceremonial mace stolen from the country's parliament when at least three men burst onto the Senate floor and...

Dispute over Ethiopian emergency rule vote

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Footage of an Ethiopian parliamentary session posted online appeared to contradict official reports of votes cast to validate the state of emergency,...

Three week break for Kenya parliament

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Deadlock over the allocation of leadership posts forced Kenya's parliament into an unscheduled three-week recess, lawmakers said, indicating a protracted political crisis...

Suspected Islamist arrested near Tunis parliament building

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A suspected Islamist militant was arrested after wounding two policemen in a knife attack near the parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia's interior...

Flawed financials in Denel Annual Report

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Parliament's Public Enterprises Committee was today presented with a letter from Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu in which he expressed concerns regarding the financial...

Second day of brawling in Ugandan parliament

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Lawmakers brawled in Uganda's parliament for a second day running on Wednesday over a disputed move to change the constitution to let...

Fighting in Ugandan parliament

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Fistfights and chair-throwing broke out in Uganda's parliament on Tuesday ahead of a debate on whether to grant long-serving President Yoweri Museveni...

Vote coming on Red Sea islands transfer

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Egypt's plan to hand over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia under an agreement that has caused widespread controversy moved...

Zambian MPs suspended for snubbing presidential speech

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Zambia's parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament's...

DoD and SANDF must educate to get Parliament thinking defence

When delivering her budget vote in the National Assembly late last month, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula asked for Parliament's...

Speaker considering Zuma no confidence vote

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The speaker of the South African parliament is considering a request from opposition parties to hold a no confidence vote on President...

Defence Amendment Bill to Parliament

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The Defence Amendment Bill of 2017 has been approved by Cabinet for introduction to Parliament. The Bill aligns the Defence Act, 2002 (Act...

Armed man arrested trying to enter Tunisian parliament

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An armed man was arrested trying to enter the Tunisian parliament in Tunis on Tuesday, officials said. A parliamentary official told Reuters the...

Parliament hears it’s more dangerous being a farmer than a policeman

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Opposition Freedom Front Plus (FF+) party leader Dr Pieter Groenewald this week told MPs it was "nearly three times more dangerous to...

Parliament will debate farm attacks and murders

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National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, has done an about turn and there will be a debate on farm murders in Parliament. FF+ leader,...

Lesotho parliament dissolved

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Lesotho's king has dissolved parliament and will shortly set an election date, the deputy prime minister said, days after Prime Minister Pakalitha...

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