New Public Protector to be top priority as Parliament re-opens

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 16, 2016

The nomination of the next Public Protector to replace Thuli Madonsela is expected to take centre stage when Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday after a ten week break coinciding with the recent local government elections.

In a statement, Parliament said the report of the preferred candidate following last week’s marathon 20-hour interview process, will be submitted by its ad-hoc committee before the end of the month, at which point the recommendation will be presented to President Jacob Zuma for approval.

Debates scheduled for the third trim include those National Women’s Day and Heritage Day, as well as questions to the Executive in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

Questions for ministerial oral reply are planned for August 23rd (Social Service in NCOP), August 24th (Social Service in National Assembly), September 7th (Economics in National Assembly), September 8th (Governance in NCOP) and September 14th (Economics in National Assembly).

“Issues which will also be under scrutiny include legislation and bills referred back to Parliament because of issues with the processes followed in passing these,” the statement read.

“This week, 27 meetings of Committees had been scheduled. These include a meeting of the National Assembly Rules Committee to consider guidelines and determinations for the recently adopted Rules. Also on the agenda is the composition of the Programme Committee”.