Parliament, Monday 21 October 2019 – Deputy President David Mabuza will be in the National Assembly tomorrow, Tuesday 22 October at 14h00, for oral replies to questions by Members of Parliament. According to the rules of the National Assembly, questions to the Deputy President must be scheduled once a month when Parliament is in session.

The rules also state that questions must be limited to six to a total time of three hours, including supplementary questions. Questions directed at the Deputy President must be submitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly at least 16 calendar days before the question day on which they are to be answered – for the Speaker’s approval as complying with the rules and guidelines of the Rules Committee of the Assembly.

Section 92(2) of the Constitution stipulates that Cabinet Members are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament for the exercise of powers and performance of their functions. Parliament uses a range of instruments to hold the Executive accountable, such as putting questions to the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.

Questions to the Deputy President scheduled for tomorrow's sitting will cover a range of matters including:

  • What steps the Government has taken to lead the process to ensure that technology is at the forefront of taking trade into the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the context of the recently signed African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement?
  • In view of figures released by Statistics South Africa recently which show that youth, women and persons living with disabilities consistently remain the most vulnerable groups in a contracting economy, what empowerment programmes has the Government initiated for rural and township youth, women and persons living with disabilities?
  • What role does the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa play with regard to addressing the shortages of critical skills required to assist the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Rapid Response Interventions to address service delivery challenges?

For the full list of questions, please click the following hyperlink:

Details of the sitting are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Venue: National Assembly Chamber, Parliament
Time: 14:00

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