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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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Massive under-spending by Limpopo education department

From today’s presentation to the Portfolio Committee by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Conditional Grants paid to the provinces, it is abundantly clear that the Limpopo Provincial Department of Education remains dysfunctional.   Limpopo only managed to spend 24% of the Dinaledi Schools Grant for 2014/15. Due to continued under-spending, only the first…

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