Yet the opposition parties pounced on that minority section of the speech and

Yet the opposition parties pounced on that minority

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Yet the opposition parties pounced on that minority section of the speech and ignored the detail that was spelt out. And the details have come, and they will come. They have come today in the Ministers’ inputs. They will come in the Budget Vote
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 150 debates. They will come when the Medium-Term Strategic Framework, the MTSF, is more clearly spelt out in a month or so, as Minister Mthembu explained, and they will come through our Parliament’s effective oversight over the executive. If there are not enough details and timeframes, then it is our responsibility as Parliament to ensure this within the next three months or so. If then it is not there, then we – not the executive – will be held to account. When it comes to the details of Sona, opposition parties say they are not new. Of course, not all of them are. That’s because the President didn’t start with his Sona last week. This started in February 2018. There have been three Sonas since then and there has certainly been progress. Let’s start with some of this. Firstly, staring us in the face daily, even on a Saturday, is the Zondo commission. And, whatever you say about that commission, it is very, very rare, even in an established democracy let alone in a developing democracy, that a party which is facing the most contested elections ever allows the Zondo commission to go ahead,
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 151 revealing mainly, regrettably, our dirty linen in public. [Applause.] And yet, 57,5% of the people voted for us. There is also another commission on the Public Investment Corporation, the PIC: the Justice Mpati commission. There is also the Mokgoro commission that led to the removal of two very controversial people in the National Prosecuting Authority. There’s the Nugent commission that has led to a credible SA Revenue Service Commissioner. There was, of course, the investment conference last year, where you reported that R250 billion of the R300 billion in investment projects had actually been implemented, or is beginning to be implemented, and so on and so on. [Interjections.] I identified, for what it’s worth, 19 targets you had, President, and timeframes. Others will spell that out. Do we need more details? Yes, Comrade President, as Parliament we do. In order for us to exercise our effective oversight, President, we have to have your Ministers – the Ministers of our country – spell out in the Budget Votes what they are going to do
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 152 precisely, so that we can hold them to account in the interests of a Parliament that is in the best traditions of the national democratic revolution: a national democratic Parliament, Parliament as a tribune of the people, Parliament as an organ of popular power, which is what the ANC spelt out in 1994.
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