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#UnrestSA: National Assembly to have ‘extraordinary’ debate on looting, riots

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Durban taxi rank drivers and neighborhood members clear the streets in Durban central.

  • The National Assembly will have an “extraordinary extended” debate on the unrest. 
  • But this can solely occur in August. 
  • Speaker Thandi Modise earlier indicated she wouldn’t reconvene the National Assembly, as some opposition events requested. 

The National Assembly will have an “extraordinary extended” debate on the unrest, looting and destructing of property – however solely when Parliament reconvenes in mid-August.

Earlier within the week, Parliament introduced National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise didn’t cede to a number of opposition events’ requests to reconvene the National Assembly in gentle of the unrest.

On Thursday, it mentioned in a press release Modise had proposed the “extraordinary extended” debate in her memorandum to political events.

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“She suggests this debate be scheduled as soon as possible when the NA reconvenes in early August, preferably during the first week of House sittings,” learn the assertion.

Modise additionally really helpful that experiences of committees already concerned in oversight actions on the unrest knowledgeable the debate.

“This means these committees should prioritise their engagements, confer if necessary and report to the NA as soon as possible before the House reconvenes,” learn the assertion.

“Deliberation on these reports during the proposed extraordinary debate may lead to further enquiries. So, one or two weeks should be added to the NA’s forthcoming quarter.

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“This would supply extra alternatives for questions to Cabinet ministers and for committee deliberations. Questions to Cabinet ministers involved with the unrest ought to be prioritised, Ms Modise proposes.”

The National Assembly Programming Committee will be convened soon to finalise these arrangements.

Modise informed the members, who requested that the National Assembly reconvene, “she didn’t consider it was mandatory at this level to reconvene the NA by recalling members from their constituency interval, after they had been and ought to be of their constituency areas, offering steerage and management”.

Several committees proceed to meet throughout the constituency interval. Some have handled issues concerning the unrest, just like the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Portfolio Committee on Police.

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