National 15.8.2016 07:31 am

Parliament gets back to work

Picture: AFP

Picture: AFP

The SAPS faces tough questions about Tshwane violence and decriminalisation of sex work is also in the spotlight.

After an almost two-and-a-half-month hiatus, MPs get back to the grind in parliament this week with a jammed-packed programme.

National Assembly and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) committee schedules have already been set down until the end of next month.

The police committee is arguably one of the most active. Tomorrow the SA Police Service will sit down and face possibly tough questions on the Tshwane protests and other hot spots of unrest.

The role of crime intelligence will also face scrutiny and MPs will be getting another update on how many of the recommendations of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry have been implemented.

The committee is also due to be briefed on high-profile operations by the Hawks.

As extreme weather conditions continue to plague parts of the country, the portfolio committee on environmental affairs will hear from SA National Parks, the Isimangaliso Wetland Authority and the SA Weather Service.

Decriminalisation of sex workers falls under the spotlight. To this end, there will be a joint multi-party women’s caucus meeting where input will be given by a substantial speakers’ list including the Commission for Gender Equality, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce, and the justice department.

SA Express has also been summoned to appear before the public enterprises committee to update it on its turnaround strategy.

During NCOP plenaries, questions will be put to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the governance and social clusters. The women’s parliament and people’s assembly will sit in the third term.


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