Tag: Questions

Corruption in land restitution and redistribution process

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP

“Deputy President, it is clear from the findings of the High Level Panel Report that, for the most part, the main source of anger among landless people is not Section 25 of the Constitution as some claim, but rather, it is due to corruption among government officials that has resulted in both land restitution and redistribution going to unknown people, and not those whose names are on claim forms and applications.

As some of the corrupt officials and politicians may still be involved in processing those claim forms and applications, what is government doing to ensure that the landless and poor people who have applied – rightly so – for their land, are provided with direct ownership of land, with title deeds to that land and not the corrupt officials who have the capacity to bribe other corrupt officials and politicians?”

REPLY BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, MR DAVID MABUZA

“Thank you very much. I’m sure in the next two weeks – three weeks – the President of the country will announce a panel: a panel that would take forward all the land questions, issues and challenges. But, of course, we are mindful of the issues raised in the report, alleging that there were instances of corruption in the process of restituting land back to the people. And those will be investigated. That is an opportunity that will tell us how much land has been given back to the people, at what cost; what were the processes followed; how many claims are still left behind and what is the total cost of those claims. For us to move forward, we need to make a thorough audit of what has happened and what needs to happen. That will guide our way forward as we proceed with the land question.

Thank you very much.”


FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
National Assembly Questions to the Deputy President in response to question by Ms T Mbabama (DA) who asked: “With reference to the findings in November 2017 of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change that the Government has failed to protect the right to tenure security of many South Africans in contravention of section 25(6) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, what steps will the Government take to provide direct ownership of land to persons, such as communal residents, who have insecure rights?”
29 May 2018

Investigate corruption at Crime Intelligence and State Security Agency now

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY STEVE SWART MP

“President, the ACDP shares concerns and is extremely concerned about allegations of malfeasance, corruption and gross abuse of State resources at both Crime Intelligence and the State Security Agency. While we welcome the review panel that you are instituting, clearly there is nothing to prevent investigation and prosecution on the basis of those allegations at this stage.

Would you agree that those investigations should continue and that steps should be taken to investigate those authorities such as IPID and other police officials that might be intimidated both from Crime Intelligence and the State Security Agency from doing their jobs in eradicating these ‘rotten apples’ from these institutions?

REPLY BY SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, MR CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

“I am able to confirm that the review panel that is going to be set up is going to get involved in – as I have already said – reviewing the mandate particularly of our intelligence service. But that does not prevent any investigations already underway from proceeding. If there are any investigations that have commenced, we will say they should go ahead because, if there has been wrong-doing, we would say that that wrong-doing needs to be addressed and those who are found to have participated in wrong-doing, should, indeed be dealt with. So, there is no prevention whatsoever to investigations that have already commenced from proceeding.

The review panel will be reviewing the mandate, the effectiveness, the systems and the structures of our intelligence agency and once it has come out with a report, we will then be able to see the extent to which that state agency needs to be recalibrated, to be reformed, and if it requires restructuring, how we will be able to do that so that we reposition it to serve the interests of the people of South Africa in the most effective way in terms of our Constitution.

Thank you very much.”


FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY STEVE SWART MP
National Assembly Questions to the Deputy President in response to question by Ms D Carter (Cope): “Whether, in the interests of transparency, accountability, responsibility, the rule of law and the best interests of the country, he will establish a commission of inquiry into the alleged serious dysfunction, malfeasance, corruption and gross abuse of resources of the State, including financial resources, for wrongful ends within the Crime Intelligence Division of the SA Police Service and the State Security Agency; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”
8 May 2018

Moral regeneration? Teach respect in our schools

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP

“According to the Moral Regeneration Movement’s website, the origins of the MRM date back to a 1997 meeting between former President Nelson Mandela, key South African faith-based organisation leaders and others, to discuss spiritual transformation. President Mandela, highlighted the role of religion in nation-building and social transformation, and the need for them to work with the state to overcome the ‘spiritual malaise’ underpinning problems with crime.

Does the Deputy President and government agree with the original aim of the MRM, and if yes, why are Biblical values, such as respect for God, one’s neighbour and those in authority, not taught in schools, particularly in light of recent reports of students attacking teachers in schools – a behaviour the ACDP strongly condemns?”

REPLY BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA, DAVID MABUZA 

“Thank you very much.

I think as government, we really agree and share those aspirations of the entire Moral Regeneration Movement. But, because, as I’ve said, religion was seen as a central pillar in the whole movement, we therefore, cannot prescribe – because, in terms of our Constitution, we are a secular state. We are not going to prescribe a form of religion. But, whatever religion is being practised, it must conform and must adhere to our Constitution.

But the very same religion that we know – all of us, Christianity – like I’ve said, it’s beginning to lose the very direction that we hope they must show. There are incidences that you know, Reverend Meshoe, where people are made to drink certain things they say to be healed, people are made to do certain things in churches that undermines what the religion stands for. And now, the Church ceases to occupy the leadership role in our moral regeneration. Of course, this is a matter that we should dialogue with the churches, because I’ve heard a number of churches condemning such actions. But, government must assist. We must assist the Church. We must assist all institutions that seek to uphold our values and build a nation.

Thank you.”


FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS TO THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT in response to question by JH Steenhuisen (DA) on “whether he has engaged any organised segments of society in pursuit of his responsibility as champion of moral regeneration initiatives, since he was sworn in as Deputy President of the Republic on 27 February 2018; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?” 20 March 2018