POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Cabinet convenes to thrash out key issues
THE Cabinet lekgotla meets for the first time on Tuesday since the African National Congress (ANC) national conference in Mangaung in December where President Jacob Zuma was overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term as the head of the ruling party.
Discussions at the lekgotla are expected to offer insights into the text of Mr Zuma’s state of the nation address next week Thursday.
Among the major policy decisions coming out of Mangaung, and set to influence the direction of government, is the endorsement of the National Development Plan — a guiding document in South Africa’s quest to reduce poverty, inequality and unemployment.
The Cabinet lekgotla will further discuss some of the criticisms of the government’s performance arising from the national conference.
The outcomes of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) lekgotla, which ended at the weekend, will be announced today at a media briefing at Luthuli House. These are expected to guide the Cabinet on how best to implement the Mangaung policy decisions.
Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesman Mmusi Maimane speaks to the DA Students Organisation about "Africanism" on tuesday at the University of the Witwatersrand.
National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana is back on the witness stand when the Marikana commission starts on Tuesday in Rustenburg. Mr Zokwana is expected to be followed by witnesses who were actually at the Marikana crime scene in August last year when police shot dead 34 striking Lonmin platinum mine workers during an unprotected strike.
The forced resignations of two mayors in North West’s Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality is expected to top the agenda when the province’s top five ANC officials meet today. The provincial executive committee is pushing for Ngaka Modiri Molema district mayor Audrey Saku to be replaced by ANC councillor Manketsi Tlhape and for Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality mayor Afrika Thale to be replaced by councillor Justine Bhine.
In Parliament on Tuesday, the select committee on co-operative governance and traditional affairs will receive a briefing from the Free State co-operative governance and traditional affairs department on the findings of KPMG’s report on the struggling Nala and Matjhabeng local municipalities.
In September, the Treasury invoked section 216 (2) of the constitution and withheld funds from the Nala municipality. This was because of the municipality’s "persistent breach" of financial management protocols and alleged mismanagement of public funds.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa introduces the Dangerous Weapons Bill to the parliamentary committee on police on Tuesday.
On Wednesday the Treasury briefs the public service and administration committee about its progress report on the review of the entire procurement system of the government.
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