by Paula Chowles

Paula Chowles brings her unique insight to South Africa's legislative heart. She blogs a mix of untold stories, behind-the-scenes bits and pieces, and analysis of the laws and debates that affect your life.

Sep 2013
13

A step back for the ‘Secrecy’ Bill?

When the President announced that he was sending the Protection of State Information Bill back to Parliament I almost fell off my chair. After sitting through his scathing “lecture session” on the media on Tuesday with Tswhane University of Technology journalism students, I expected more of the same when it was our turn to engage with him at the Parliamentary Press Gallery Association’s (PGA) lunch. For almost three years now the...
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Sep 2013
10

Journalists are patriots too

  President Jacob Zuma has an uncanny agility for ducking and diving away from the media. One of the most recent examples that comes to mind is when the president called a press conference at the Union Buildings in July to announce his latest cabinet reshuffle. Throngs of television, radio and print journalists hurried to the seat of government and anxiously waited for news on who would be axed and why. Zuma...
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Aug 2013
15

Voters should pull the strings… not the party

I cannot count the times that I’ve sat in a parliamentary committee meeting on an issue of absolute national importance and many MPs are more concerned about finishing the meeting on time to catch flights home. That’s if they turn up on time or even at all. I’ve become familiar with the MPs from an array of parties who rock up to meetings unprepared and disinterested. That’s not to say that...
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Jun 2013
13

Sexism in the House

“A woman should be seen and not heard.” It’s an old belief, but by no means a thing of the past. But who would’ve thought it would raise its head in the hallowed halls of Parliament, where seemingly intelligent public servants deliberate, debate and pass laws intended to do away with nasties such as sexism.The above-mentioned notion of levelheadedness was given a smack in the gut this week when the debate...
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Jun 2013
7

Election season hits Parliament

In something of a surprise move, ANC MP Martha Mohorosi has called for the National Assembly to debate the veracity of the opposition?s Know Your DA campaign. The motion immediately sent #DAtwitter into a flurry of excitement, with one of its media troops, Gav Davis, suggesting that the motion shows that the ANC just can?t stop talking about them. While the campaign has been at the centre of many heated debates in the media,...
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