The House met at 14:04.
The Deputy Speaker took the Chair and requested members to observe a moment of silence for prayers or meditation.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, TABLINGS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS – see col 000.
NEW MEMBER (Announcement)
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon members, I wish to announce that the vacancy which occurred in the National Assembly, NA, owing to the resignation of Ms Magdalene Moonsamy, has been filled by the nomination of Ms Vuyokazi Khethabahle with effect from 21 January 2015.
The hon member has made and subscribed the oath or solemn affirmation in the Speaker’s Office. Welcome, hon member. [Applause.] [Laughter.] [Interjections.]
NOTICES OF MOTION Ms N V NQWENISO: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that at the next sitting of the House, I shall move on behalf of the EFF:
That the House debates the abuse of power as the underlying factor fuelling corruption in the country as identified by the 2014 Corruption Watch Annual Report.
Mr D J MAYNIER: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that at the next sitting day I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House
establishes a multiparty ad hoc committee in terms of the National Assembly Rule 214(1)(a), to investigate the role of the security services in the state of the nation address on 12 February 2015, which includes, but is not limited to, the role of the security services in one, the removal of Members of Parliament, MPS, from the House, and two, the use of a signal jamming device to disrupt signals in the House;
further ensures that the committee consists of 11 members as follows, ANC six, DA three, EFF one ...
The CHIEF WHIP OF THE MAJORITY PARTY: But hon Deputy Speaker, that is not a notice of a motion. [Interjections.]
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Well, hon Chief Whip, please allow me to give him permission. If he treats it as a notice, that is his business. [Interjections.] Are you finished? Right.
Mr D J MAYNIER: No, hon Deputy Speaker, let me continue.
Also notes that the committee will exercise the powers in Rule 138 that it may deem necessary for performance of its tasks and that the committee report to the National Assembly, NA, by no later than 27 March 2015.
Mr J A ESTERHUIZEN: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the IFP:
That the House debates the blatant lack of accountability of the former owners of the Aurora mine and the continual struggle by former miners, some of whom live in abject poverty, to get their salary paid.
Ms H H MALGAS: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the ANC:
That the House debates the impact that the safety net to alleviate poverty has on making our grant beneficiaries economically viable.
Nks MNGANGA-GCABASHE: Somlomo, ekuhlaleni okulandelayo kweNdlu ngiyophakamisa:
Ukuthi Indlu ixoxe ngezindlela kanye nezinto ezingasiza abantu bakithi bafakelwe ama-lighting conductors ezindaweni lapho kujwayeleke ukuthi kudlalela khona umbani, ikakhulukazi ezindaweni ezaziwayo ukuthi zithandwa yizichotho nemibani ehambisana nokuduma okukhulu kwezulu elidlula nemiphefumulo yabantu iphinde ishiye abanye belimele.
(Translation of isiZulu notice of motion follows.) [Ms MNGANGA-GCABASHE: Speaker, I give notice that on the next sitting day of the House I will move:
That the House debates ways and measures that might assist our people with regard to the installation of lightning conductors in the areas that usually experience lightning, especially in the areas which are known to have hail which is accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms which take people’s lives and leave some injured.]
Ms B L ABRAHAMS: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House discusses the extent, the supply and harm that can be reduced according to the drug master plan as substance abuse is rife within our communities and substances of choice vary between provinces. In our country only 1 out of 18 persons requesting treatment has access to it.
Ms S P TSOLELI: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the ANC:
That the House debates means and ways of eradicating substance abuse and supporting affected families through the White Paper on Social Development, understanding that the family is the nucleus of the society upon which social cohesion can be developed and there is, in many instances, a corrosion of the norms and values that bind a society or family together due to substance abuse.
Mr S M GANA: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House debates the continued delay in the allocation and occupation of houses or family units built as part of hostel upgrades across the country.
Mr M A MNCWANGO: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the IFP:
That the House debates the double standards applied by Correctional Services on issues of medical parole and how these processes are blatantly used to favour the politically connected, such as Schabir Shaik.
Ms V KHETHABAHLE: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the EFF:
That the House debates the Statistics SA report on poverty in South Africa and immediate steps needed to ensure that in a country with such great wealth, no one goes to bed hungry.
Mr K R MESHOE: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the ACDP:
That the House debates the apparent failure of state security to stop South Africa from becoming a viable base for terror groups directly linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic State, IS, particularly in the light of the recent United Nations Security Council’s concern that 11 international terrorists might use the country as an operational base.
Ms E N LOUW: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the EFF:
That the House debates the rights of Islamic fundamentalism in Africa and the specific role that South Africa should play in this regard.
Mr P J MNGUNI: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the ANC:
That the House debates the possible ways of and obstacles to securing suitable and affordable land for the integration of all communities closer to the working areas or in the current suburbs to practically eliminate the legacy of apartheid segment patterns.
Ms A STEYN: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House debates the impact of the current drought on food security and the knock-on effect on the rural economy.
Dr M J FIGG: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House debates the decreasing levels of revenue and increasing levels of expenditure resulting in a swollen deficit and how this would be addressed to reassure investors.
Ms A LOTRIET: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House debates the damage to school infrastructure during the recent protests in Malamulele and the way forward.
Dr M J CARDO: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby give notice that in the next sitting, I shall move on behalf of the DA:
That the House –
debates the President’s discretionary powers for appointment to and removal from public office, noting the recommendation by the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee to appoint President Zuma’s special advisor, Glen Mashinini as an IEC Commissioner and further noting the remarks by the Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke on the “remarkable concentration of the President’s powers of appointment”;
considers how best we may shield the appointments of public functionaries to institutions like the National Prosecuting Authority, NPA, and the Chapter 9 institutions from the personal preferences and vagaries of the appointing authority; and
refers the matter of the President’s discretionary powers to the Constitutional Review Committee for further consideration.
4 FEBRUARY 2015 MARKS WORLD CANCER DAY (Draft Resolution)
Mr N SINGH: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby move on behalf of the IFP without notice:
That the House –
recognises World Cancer Day marked on 4 February 2015 this year and its message, “Not Beyond Us!”
acknowledges that current medical statistics evince that as many as one in three people will die of cancer;
further acknowledges the hardships, spirit and courage of those who are currently living and dying with cancer as well as those selfless institutions, and in particular the nonfunded NGO hospices, who provide palliative care to those who are terminally ill;
calls upon government and the Department of Health, to commit all available resources to the eradication of this dread disease and its palliative care and to embark on comprehensive strategies through legislation and other means, and to establish innovative treatment-based cancer research centres where cutting-edge science and alternative medicines may be administered in controlled environments to cancer sufferers; and
applaudes the tireless efforts of organisations such as the Cancer Treatment Campaign, the Cancer Association of South Africa, Cansa, and other organisations who relentlessly continue in the fight against this disease and its ravages upon our people.
SUCCESSFULL RESCUE OF 486 MINERS TRAPPED UNDERGROUND AT KUSASALETHU GOLD MINE (Draft Resolution)
Mr S C MOTAU: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice on behalf of the DA:
That the House –
notes that 486 miners who were trapped 2 300 m underground at the Kusasalethu gold mine near Carletonville on Sunday, 22 February 2015, were all rescued successfully;
acknowledges that several rescue teams worked tirelessly for 12 hours to safely bring to the surface the miners who had been trapped since early Sunday morning, after a fire broke out in the mine;
further acknowledges the incredible danger the miners were in and the enormous risks the rescue teams had to take to safely bring nearly 500 miners safely to the surface; and
conveys its gratitude to those who risked their own lives to save the lives of others.
ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD LEARNER DIES AFTER VEHICLE TRANSPORTING 24 SCHOOL CHILDREN CRASHES (Draft Resolution)
Mr S C MNCWABE: Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice on behalf of the NFP:
That this august House –
notes that on Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Nonzuzo Zuma, an eleven-year-old Grade 6 pupil at the Vezokuhle Primary School, died after a heavily overloaded bakkie, transporting 24 primary school children, crashed in Pietermaritzburg on 28 January 2015;
further notes that seven other children died in the crash and that 15 children were injured in the crash, of which five are still in ICU;
extends its condolences to the grieving parents, families and loved ones of all the children who died;
wishes the children who were injured and are still hospitalised a speedy recovery; and
calls upon the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport to urgently review legislation relating to the transport of school children.
DEATH OF ANTI-APARTHEID NOVELIST AND CAMPAIGNER ANDRÉ P BRINK (Draft Resolution)
Ms H H MALGAS: Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the Majority Party:
That the House –
notes with great sadness the death of South African anti-apartheid novelist and influential campaigner, André P Brink, on Friday, 6 February 2015;
acknowledges that he was best known for his 1979 novel, A Dry White Season, which focused on the death in detention of a black activist, and was filmed with Marlon Brando;
further acknowledges that he had been a literature professor at the University of Cape Town and had just received an honorary doctorate from the Université Catholique de Louvain;
recognises that he was born in 1935 in Vrede, a small town in the Free State, and became famous for using Afrikaans to speak out against apartheid;
further recognises that his novel, Looking on Darkness, was banned by the apartheid government in 1974;
believes that his passion, hard work and courageous outspokenness against the apartheid government will continue to be our source of inspiration; and
extends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
ELEVEN REMAINING REPATRIATED BODIES FROM NIGERIA LAND AT WATERKLOOF MILITARY AIR BASE (Draft Resolution)
Ms C N MAJEKE: Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice on behalf of the UDM:
That the House –
notes that in the early hours of 6 February 2015, the 11 remaining bodies from Nigeria were repatriated to the country by a South African military flight that landed at the Waterkloof Military Air base;
recalls that the arrival of the 11 bodies completes the return of all 85 South Africans who lost their lives almost five months ago;
further recalls that the untimely death of 85 South Africans in Nigeria was occasioned by the collapse of a building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, on 12 September 2014; and
joins the families and the nation in closing one of the darkest chapters written since the advent of our constitutional democracy.
MISS SOUTH AFRICA, ROLENE STRAUSS, CROWNED MISS WORLD 2014 (Draft Resolution)
CHIEF WHIP OF THE OPPOSITION: Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice on behalf of the DA:
That this House –
notes that on 14 December 2014, Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 in London, England;
(2) further notes that contestants from 126 countries competed for the coveted crown;
(3) acknowledges that the last South African to be crowned Miss World was Anneline Kriel, 40 years ago in 1974;
(4) further acknowledges that since “Beauty with a Purpose” was incorporated into the Ms World competition, hundreds of millions of rands have been raised and donated to international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children across the globe; and
congratulates Rolene Strauss for flying our flag high on the global stage and wishes her well during the course of her reign.
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF NELSON MANDELA’S RELEASE FROM PRISON (Draft Resolution)
Mr P J MNGUNI: Hon Deputy Speaker, I hereby move without notice on behalf of the Chief Whip of the Majority Party:
That the House –
notes that 11 February 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison where he had served 27 years;
further notes that the significance of 11 February lies in the fact that it set in motion a series of events which made it possible for South Africans to achieve the democratic breakthrough of 1994;
realises that this day also brought about decisive advances towards the achievement of South Africa’s noble goals to create a united, nonracial, nonsexist, democratic and prosperous society based on fundamental human rights and the restoration of dignity for all;
encourages all South Africans to redouble their efforts towards the creation of a society which Nelson Mandela envisaged, where all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities; and
calls upon all South Africans to redouble their efforts to overcoming even the most daunting challenges and ensure the triumph of good over evil.
CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF MR FELIX MSHOLOLO (Draft Resolution)
Mr A M MPONTSHANE: Deputy Speaker, I move without notice:
That the House —
extends its deepest condolences on the untimely death of Mr Felix Mshololo, who is believed to have died of heart complications on Thursday night - to his family, friends and his learners at Menzi High School, where he was the principal;
notes that Mr Mshololo was celebrated for helping to turn the school’s matric pass rate around from a dismal 34% to 100% in the past four years;
acknowledges that his teaching career spanned 37 years, and he earned awards including a nomination for the best principal in the Kader Asmal Awards for KwaZulu-Natal and the eThekwini Living Legends honour last year; and
further acknowledges that Mr Mshololo desired to see his school refurbished and calls on the provincial education department to look into doing this in his honour.
GROWING EFF SUPPORT AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA (Draft Resolution)
Mr N F SHIVAMBU: Deputy Speaker, I move without notice:
That the House —
notes that the EFF branch of the Central Johannesburg College contested six seats of the Student Representative Council, SRC, and won all of them without any failure;
further notes that the EFF branch of the Tshwane North College also won seven seats, beating Sasco, and other parties, taking control of the SRC leadership;
notes that the students of Vhembe FET of Makwarela voted for the EFF branches giving it seven seats and in Mashamba campus, 11 seats;
believes that the taking of control and leadership of the SRC demonstrates that young people in universities and institutions of learning are increasingly embracing the agenda of economic freedom in our lifetime as led by the EFF;
further believes that this lays a firm foundation for the establishment of the EFF student command which will take place at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop campus, which is in the control of the EFF-led SRC, on 16 June this year;
notes that the EFF is mobilising and is going to continue mobilising intelligent young people who are going to lead the development of South African society.
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: If there are no objections I put the motion [Interjections.] There is an objection. The motion therefore becomes a notice of motion.
EFF LAMENTS POOR WORKING CONDITIONS IN SOUTH AFRICAN MINES (Draft Resolution)
Ms H O MAXON: Deputy Speaker, I move without notice:
That the House —
notes that at least 468 miners were trapped underground at Kusasalethu gold mine, near Carletonville on Sunday, and at least 18 were still trapped in the early hours of Monday morning;
further notes that the total mining fatality amounted to 168 workers, and a safety audit showed mine safety compliance in South Africa was below target at just 66%;
acknowledges that the company in question, Harmony Gold, which is the world’s fifth largest gold mine has had three fatalities at Kusasalethu mine in 2014,and two and four people died in 2013 and 2012, respectively;
further acknowledges that Harmony Gold stopped operations several times, including last year, when employees were trapped underground and eight of them died underground;
recognises that although Harmony Gold employed 19 758 people and paid a total of R3,4 billion in salaries, many of the workers are on temporary wage employment;
further recognises that Adcorp, South Africa’s biggest labour broker by market share, reported the labour broking industry to have an annual turnover of around R44 billion – money that should be in the hands of workers;
believes that this robs miners of their hard-earned money and places it into the hands of private companies that take advantage of the structural unemployment in this country;
further believes that clause 2,9 of the Mining Charter gives the Department of Mineral Resources the ability to take into account, in its monitoring and evaluation function, the effect of material constraints that may result in a company not achieving its compliance targets; and
calls upon the Minister to investigate Harmony Gold for possible violation of the Mining Charter and safety regulations by putting the lives of mine workers at risk.
PROF SALIM ABDOOL KARIM RECEIVES AFRICAN UNION RECOGNITION (Draft Resolution)
Mr N L S KWANKWA: Deputy Speaker, I move without notice:
That the House —
notes that on 31 January 2015, Prof Salim Abdool Karim received the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award, which comes with R1,1million, in recognition of his research on HIV prevention and treatment in Africa, at the African Union, AU, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
further notes that Prof Karim is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his workload is daunting as he is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal;
recognises that he is the Director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in SA, which links five local research facilities with Columbia University in New York;
further recognises that he also serves as an advisor to several governments and some of the world’s leading agencies in Aids and global health, including the World Health Organisation, WHO, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids, and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria;
congratulates Prof Karim on his outstanding work and his monumental achievements in medical research; and
further congratulates him on his appointment as the first African scientist to serve a term on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine.