Die politieke partye peper mekaar in Parlement – mens kry die indruk van ‘sirkus’ speletjies – sommige sit en naels politoer, slaap, eet terwyl ander nie wag om daardie harde hoede of vuiste te gebruik en mekaar slegsê nie. Nou gaan dit egter oor kwalifikasies, bevoegdhede en verantwoordelikhede. Hoe eg is hierdie kwalifikasies eintlik, veral as die korrupsie gadegeslaan word. Hoeveel lojale geleerdes is daar in die parlement, wat regtig wettig vir ‘n graad gestudeer het, wat daar is om die publiek te dien wat hul hooffunksie is, wat nie ‘n papiertjie hier of buiteland ontvang het sonder een dag bywoning. Nie vals en aangeplakte geleerdheid nie. Doelgerigte en gefokusde geleerdes wat fokus oor hoekom hulle in Parlement is. Lees gerus meer oor die sogenaamde demokratiese stelsel wat deur kommuniste, soos o.a. George Soros gefinansier word.
NOTE: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.James Madison, 1822…..
The members of Parliament are elected to represent the people of the country. They also act as the voice of the people. Parliament, therefore, is accountable to the people of South Africa. The 1994 elections ushered in a new democratic order in South Africa. The extraordinary participation by South Africans showed that we desired to heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. The role of Parliament includes the promotion of the values of human dignity, equality, non-racialism, non-sexism, the supremacy of the Constitution, universal adult suffrage and a multi-party system of democratic government. It upholds our citizens’ political rights, the basic values and principles governing public administration, and oversees the implementation of constitutional imperatives.
Om op geletterdheid te fokus, is waarskynlik beter as om korrupsie genadeloos te straf en uit te wis. Misdaad was nog altyd ‘n goeie inkomste vir regering en dit kan nie van die tafel afgevee word nie. Inbrake – mediese onkostes, versekerings – misdaadtonele (inbrake), motorkapings, vervangings, kos geld en alles het 15% VAT op.
Wanneer gaan die korruptes eendag die parlement verlaat sonder verdere inkomstes – was dit nie beloftes wat ook gemaak is en wat nie nagekom word nie. Heel onlangs na 1994, moes verskeie blankes en ander hul poste ontruim sonder vergoeding en word amptenare direk aangekla. Lede van parlement en veral ministers saam president is verantwoordelik vir korrupsie en diefstal – terwyl die grade agter hul name so lank is dat mens wonder of daar ooit sulke universiteite bestaan! Tog lewe hul voort op hul bankrot fondasies tot die volgende belastings inkom en verdeel kan word.
Misdaad vind op alle vlakke van regering en selfs die staatsinstellings wat deur ons gesubsidieer word, Eskom, SABC, SAL en vele ander SOE’s plaas – niemand het geleerdheid daarvoor nodig nie, maar tog is daar diegene wat fokus op “geleerdheid” binne die regering.
Enige een wat hierdie sisteme en selfs grondwet steun of regverdig, steun ook al die kommunistiese manewales wat in die parlementsgebou plaasvind, al spreek jy jou daarteen uit, of notuleer jy jou stem wat wetgewing ingestel het teen blankes om hul ekonomies uit te roei met swart bemagtiging. Sedert 1994 is al ons menseregte geskend onder hierdie kommunisme en grondwet, dus, bewys die teendeel dis nie so nie, want alles dui daarop hoe hierdie sisteme ons volk totaal en al vernietig. Liberales (blankes) en klassieke liberales (blankes) wat steun aan ‘n grondwet verleen, is besig met speletjies om ons uit te wis.
The members of Parliament are elected to represent the people of the country. They also act as the voice of the people. Parliament, therefore, is accountable to the people of South Africa.
In the national sphere of government, the legislative power of the Republic is vested in Parliament. In other words, Parliament is responsible for making and passing laws. The National Assembly also chooses the President and is a national forum where issues are debated publicly. The Assembly also has to scrutinise and oversee the actions of the executive. The National Council of Provinces, on the other hand, must ensure that provincial interests are taken into account in the national sphere of government. It does that by taking part in the law-making process and by being the forum where issues affecting the provinces are debated publicly.
Members of Parliament have freedom of speech, subject only to the rules of the Houses, when they participate in committees or debates. They have that right to ensure that they, as elected public representatives, can bring important matters to the attention of the Houses and the public. To protect this right, members enjoy certain privileges and protection in terms of an Act of Parliament called the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, 2004.
Furthermore, the importance of the public in the work of Parliament is emphasised by the fact that the Constitution instructs Parliament to facilitate public participation in the law-making process and to take reasonable measures for public access to its committee meetings and House sittings.
Another important power given to Parliament by the Constitution is the authority to makes its own rules and orders and to direct its own internal proceedings. Each House therefore has a set of rules and orders according to which it operates, while Parliament also has Joint Rules that directs joint business.
The 1994 elections ushered in a new democratic order in South Africa. The extraordinary participation by South Africans showed that we desired to heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.
The process of negotiations, which preceded the 1994 elections, resulted in the drafting of a new Constitution, as adopted on 8 May 1996 by the Constitutional Assembly. The Constitution was adopted as the supreme law of the Republic and lays the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law. It stipulates the values and mechanisms for governance of our unique people-centred democracy.
The role of Parliament includes the promotion of the values of human dignity, equality, non-racialism, non-sexism, the supremacy of the Constitution, universal adult suffrage and a multi-party system of democratic government. It upholds our citizens’ political rights, the basic values and principles governing public administration, and oversees the implementation of constitutional imperatives. It provides legislation that prevents or prohibits unfair discrimination, and holds members of the executive accountable, collectively and individually. Parliament also provides multi-party parliamentary committees to have oversight of all security services in a manner determined by the national legislation or the rules and orders of Parliament.
The so-called “democracy” of parliament and the constitution, that discriminate against all whites in South Africa is no democracy at all, financed by communist George Soros.
The DA’s chief whip, John Steenhuisen, has been thrust into the limelight following weekend reports that he has no qualification higher than matric.
The party’s political opponents took to social media platforms to deride and mock the DA whip as the qualifications among the country’s political leaders has been a point of contestation for some time, particularly through the Jacob Zuma years.
The national government has on several occasions faced strong criticism for appointing ministers and deputy ministers where they have no formal education relating to the portfolios they oversee – while misrepresentation of qualifications has led to some politicians losing their jobs.
The DA, in particular, has been vociferous in matters relating to qualifications, having, in the past, called for those in government to be replaced because they only have a matric-level education. The party also boldly displays the many qualifications of its leaders in the various profiles on its website.
Responding to the criticism geared towards Steenhuisen, many in DA leadership have said that the chief whip’s experience and demeanour make up for his lack of tertiary qualification. Critics have called this defence hypocritical.
Steenhuisen argued that the Constitution makes provision for ordinary South Africans to be elected to Parliament, and be part of the lawmakers and represent the people.
He rejected the notion that he was uneducated, and said that over the past 20 years, he’s had in-service training and done vocational courses in municipal finance, ethics, and legislative process including African economics.
Ha also said that requiring degrees to be part of Parliament would lead to a situation where the political sphere would only be open to a small elite – a very small percentage of South Africans who can afford to get university qualifications – locking out the vast majority from having a say in decisions that affect them.
SA leaders’ qualifications – including chief whips
Looking at South Africa’s three major parties, the majority of leaders have formal tertiary qualifications.
Among the chief whips, however, only the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu (who is also the party’s deputy president) has a degree. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu was a student activist in his youth, and was expelled from the University of Fort Hare.
A chief whip’s role has little to do with the running of government aside from being a political role in parliament to lead a party’s caucus. It typically involves ensuring MPs are present and vote in line with party mandates.
They also take the lead in parliamentary debates. Chief whip salaries are over R1.2 million per annum.
PREVIOUS YEARS – TRAINING AND INFORMATION
17 April 2013
The 225 MPs and MPLs, who completed a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Governance and Public Leadershipthrough the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), will be awarded their certificates at a special graduation ceremony to be held at the institution’s Johannesburg campus. The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Governance and Public Leadership is part of a capacity building programme for MPs and MPLs initiated in 2009 by the Speakers’ Forum, in partnership with the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) and institutions of higher learning.
The purpose of the course is to enhance the performance of Members to execute their constitutional responsibilities as legislators, more effectively.
21 April 2017 – Over 160 Members of Parliament (MPs) and Provincial Legislatures (MPLs) are graduating at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) today after completing the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Leadership.
The 162 Members, participants in the South African Legislative Sector’s Capacity Building Programme for MPs and MPLs, will graduate at the Linder Auditorium at Wits’ main campus in Johannesburg. The Programme was initiated by the Speakers Forum – in partnership with the National School of Government and selected institutions of higher learning, in 2009.
2015 vergelyking – comparison
The infographic below shows the academic qualifications of South Africa’s top political party leaders.
Not only the members of Parliament
This round of vetting was introduced in 2015, coupled with a comprehensive briefing of staff. These briefings are done on an ongoing basis to cater for essentially new staff members. All prospective employees being considered for employment, employees and service providers of all organs of state are notified that they are subject to vetting procedures in term of the Nation Strategic Intelligence Act, Act 39 of 1994.
The category or level of vetting is related to the nature of the institution and the job that is undertaken by the administration. Parliament is one of the three arms of the state, and the staff is employed to provide support services to key decision makers. In doing so, they would necessarily have varied degrees of access and proximity to key national decision makers, irrespective of their ranks and positions. Therefore, irrespective of their positions, staff would require appropriate levels of vetting. Parliament is happy that progressively many staff members have undergone security vetting including union members. Work continues in this regard.
The speech by John Steenhuisen on tertiary qualifications in parliament.
Read his speech here:
“To those learned individuals on my left, if you’re expecting an academic lecture from this podium today, sorry to disappoint you. This is Parliament, not a university convocation.
The Constitution sets out very clearly what the qualifications are to sit in this House. That Constitution specifically ensured that no matter whether you are a mineworker or a brain surgeon, you could seek election to represent your community.
How ironic it is to see the EFF – the so-called vanguard of the working class – argue for some form of qualified franchise where only those with university. qualifications can get elected and serve in this Parliament.
The self-proclaimed ayatollahs of academia, this little clique in the EFF, seeks to persecute those who don’t conform to their elitist world-view.
You see, this is the ultimate hypocrisy that is the EFF: they like to play dress-up as miners and domestic workers, but they don’t think that real miners and domestic workers are good enough to be Members of Parliament.
Like the old English upper classes that kept the working class from the halls of Parliament with their Oxford degrees and Cambridge qualifications, the EFF want to lock out ordinary South Africans from their country’s decision-making processes.
Let me be clear: I don’t have a university degree, I have never pretended to. I enrolled for a BA in politics and law at Unisa in 1994, however – like many South Africans – I never finished it due to financial and work pressures.
I am not ashamed of this. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a public representative and that I wanted to work in politics to change people’s lives for the better.
I was elected as a Councillor at the age of 22. For the last 20 years, wherever I have served – whether on the eThekwini council, the KZN legislature, or here in this Parliament – I have represented the citizens of this country honestly and diligently, and with the very best efforts of my brain, my heart and my soul.
I have never once used my position to line my own pockets.
I have never once abused provincial tender processes to make myself and my family rich, as Julius Malema did in Limpopo.
I have never stolen the savings of the poor and vulnerable to buy fancy houses and swimming pools, as Floyd Shivambu did with the VBS Bank.
And I have never assaulted journalists, or threatened fellow Members of this House, like the EFF does on a regular basis.
It amazes me that this party of academic elitists, who parade on Instagram in their academic gowns, is the one party that consistently resorts to thuggery and chaos in this House.
The EFF is the only party which deploys violent disruption to displace debate, where the middle finger is used to substitute words, and where personal denigration and false invective is spewed forth in place of argument.
If that is what a university education gets you, you can keep it. And if you think that is “higher logic”, then I’m afraid you’re deluded.
Frankly, the taxpayers of South Africa should demand a refund for the public money this little elite have used to fund their education. Because it is fruitless and wasteful expenditure if I ever saw it!
But let’s also call out the last 48 hours for what they are. A smokescreen. Whether it’s this ridiculous attack on me, or the disgustingly personal denigration of Minister Gordhan and his family, or the vile abuse the EFF have meted out to the journalists who have exposed them. It is a smokescreen.
A smokescreen to mask the corruption of their party and the network of patronage and rent- seeking that resulted in the looting of VBS bank. The EFF know that this is fatal to their brand, because they have stolen from the very people they claim to represent. They are desperate to refocus the public’s attention on something else and will use any means to do so.
Like fascist organizations the world over, they know that the best form of defense is attack. They hope that, by unleashing their Fighters, they will escape scrutiny of their party’s dodgy dealings, their hidden hypocrisy and their leaders’ lavish lifestyles.
We must not allow them to wriggle off this hook! If we do, we will be failing our democracy, and we will be failing those who have suffered at the hands of EFF.
We are not afraid of this little band of wannabe revolutionaries with their academic posturing, who think that quoting Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon and Chairman Mao makes them friends of the working class.
You don’t need a degree to see the EFF for what it is: an elitist clique that steals from the poor and the downtrodden. And we will continue to call them out on their hypocrisy, without fear or favour.”