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President Zuma: no leadership or solutions, but all the jokes

President Jacob Zuma’s response to the debate on Budget Vote 1: The Presidency shows a poor grasp of the seriousness of the crises and issues that face South Africa and its people. From the energy crisis that promises three more years of load-shedding and job-shedding; to the economy, which has shed 2 million jobs and…

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Rights of School Governing Bodies upheld

The DA acknowledges the ruling of the Johannesburg High Court last night on the need for admission policies set by School Governing Bodies (SGBs) to be taken into account in the annual school enrolment process. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has inherited a serious challenge. Children relocate to Gauteng, as they do to the Western…

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South Africa facing an economic crisis

The latest economic indicators released yesterday by StatsSA show that South Africa is facing an economic crisis. Unemployment is rising and economic growth is dangerously slow.   I have this morning tabled a request for a debate on a matter of public importance (as per rule 103 of the National Assembly) to urgently discuss how…

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Zuma presides over one of the most bloated Cabinets in the world

President Jacob Zuma presides over one of the most bloated Cabinets in the world with 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers – a total of 74 ministers and their deputies. This is fertile ground for very costly ANC-style cadre deployment extravagance. The negative consequences of this ill-considered massive executive structure are there for all to…

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The emperor in the “imperial presidency” has no clothes

Madam Speaker Honourable President and Deputy President, Honourable Ministers and Deputy Minister in the Presidency Honourable Members In 1973, the historian Arthur Schlesinger published his ground-breaking work entitled The Imperial Presidency. He argued that the American presidency was out of control. He showed how, over time, the presidency had come to exceed the constitutional limits…

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Our people’s lives matter, Mr President

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered by the DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, during Parliament’s Budget Vote 1: The Presidency. This was Maimane’s first speech in the National Assembly as Leader of the Democratic Alliance.   Madam Speaker   Honourable Members   Good afternoon   Goeie middag   Bagaetsho   Dumelang   As a former…

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