President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, where he will be answering questions on a number of key issues which have featured prominently in the country.
The parliamentary session will be getting underway at 15:00.
Gender-based violence hotspots
African National Congress (ANC) MP Sylvia Lucas has asked the president whether government has considered allocating more resources towards hotspots for gender-based violence. The Minister of Police Bheki Cele announced back in September, 30 areas, where crimes against women are rife – these include Mamelodi, Dobsonville, Honeydew and Alexandra.
Cele said government would continue having sustained public awareness and community-based campaigns at the identified areas.
The scourge of gender-based violence in the country has drawn the ire of many South Africans, prompting calls for abuse against women to be prioritised by law enforcement.
ANC trip to Zimbabwe
Despite the ANC having paid their share of the trip, that has done very little to put the party’s critics in Parliament at ease. The party travelled to Zimbabwe, using a jet by the South African Defence Force (SANDF), which led to backlash from opposition parties who then demanded that the ANC pay back the money.
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Cathlene Labuschagne wants Ramaphosa to explain his decision to give the greenlight for the trip.
“With regard to the recent diplomatic trip to Zimbabwe by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, (a) when was he first informed of the flight and (b) on what grounds he approved it,”
The trip cost R232 000 – the ruling party paid back more than R105 000 of that amount, amid financial troubles which saw the party fail to pay its staffers on time.
The extent of corruption that has emerged amid the coronavirus pandemic has sparked anger amongst South Africans who have had enough of their leaders sticking their hands into the proverbial cookie jar. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is currently looking into 600 companies which received more than R5 billion worth of lucrative contracts.
ANC MP Maurentia Gillion wants Ramaphosa to explain whether government has set any timeframes for the investigations of all allegations to be concluded.
Khusela Diko, Ramaphosa’s own spokesperson, was forced to take a leave of absence, after it emerged that her husband’s company had been awarded a contract to provide personal protective equipment (PPE).