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State spends R1.2m on Zuma spy-tapes case

State spends R1.2m on Zuma spy-tapes case

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The president replies to Parliamentary questions for written reply.
The president replies to Parliamentary questions for written reply.

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The President’s Replies to Parliamentary Questions for Written Reply 1683. Mrs D Robinson (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:
When will he appoint members of the SA Law Reform Commission that will deal with the Project 107 Report on Sexual Offences (AdulProstitution)?NW2030E 
REPLY:
I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I have appointed Justice MM Maya asChairperson of the South African Law Reform Commission and Justice J Kollapen asDeputy Chairperson, with the following persons as the remaining members:1.
 
Prof PJ Schwikkard.2.
 
Prof V Jaichand3.
 
 Adv M Sello4.
 
Mr IBW Lawrence.5.
 
Ms NT Siwendu.The members of the Commission will deal with all matters in terms of the South AfricanLaw Reform Commission Act, 1973 (Act No. 19 of 1973. This includes the Reportrelating to Sexual Offences (Project 107) to which the Honourable Member Robinsonhas referred to.Research on the various projects of the Commission as was approved by the previousCommission continues unabated. This research is done by a team of full timeresearchers who have been assigned to the Commission.
2278. Mr L S Ngonyama (Cope) to ask the President of the Republic:
What total amount was spent by the State on legal cost to prevent the spy tapesfrom being released? NW2710E 
REPLY: 
 An amount of R1 262 479.70 has been paid to date in respect of costs incurred indefending litigation brought by the Democratic Alliance for the record from the National
 
Prosecuting Authority(NPA) in relation to the NPA’s decision with regard to thePresident.The recordings represent one aspect of the litigation instituted by the Democratic Alliance. The amount paid is a reflection of the costs of the entire matter, and not only inrespect of the recordings.
 2335. Mr M G P Lekota (Cope) to ask the President of the Republic:
Whether the Government will institute an annual memorial lecture or any other democratic and inclusive measure to honour the late Chief Justice Pius Langa;if not, why not; if so, what are the relevandetails? NW2798E 
REPLY: 
I wish to inform the Honourable Member that former Chief Justice Langa contributedimmensely in our constitutional jurisprudence and fully deserves to be honoured by our Government. We will look at various ways in which we could celebrate his legacy, andmake announcements at an appropriate time with regard to the best way of honouringthe former Chief Justice.The Chief Justice and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development will take alead in this regard.
 2390. Mr J Selfe (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:
(1) Whether a certain person (name furnished) has been appointed to a position within the Office of the Presidency; if so, what is the (a) title, (b)exact nature of the duties and (c) annual remuneration of the said person;(2) whether the said person can perform remunerative work outside of hiscurrent position within the Office of the Presidency; if so, what is thenature of the work?NW2873E 
REPLY: 
(1) The person referred to in the question has been appointed on a part-timebasis to the position of Special Adviser to the President. The main duties of theincumbent are to render legal advice to the President.
 
The person is employed on a part-time basis and there is thus no fixed annualremuneration. He is paid per hours worked at the rate of R693.77 per hour.(2) The Dispensation for the Appointment and Remuneration of Persons (Special Advisers) appointed to Executive Authorities on ground of policy consideration interms of Section 12A of the Public Service Act, 1994 [Act No. 103 of 1994] doesnot preclude Special Advisers from performing remunerative work outside their employment.In terms of the Dispensation, the Special Adviser is precluded from serving onstatutory boards or councils (or similar bodies) for which the Executive Authorityis individually or collectively accountable. This is deemed as inappropriate by theDispensation since it could give rise to a direct or indirect conflict of interest or lead to advice which could be biased or perceived to be biased.
 2439. Mr I M Ollis (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:
(1) Whether he has sought a legal opinion on the constitutionality of theTransport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill [B 30B–2012];(2) whether he has sought any advice on the practical application of the Bill;(3) whether he has sought any advice on the impact of the Bill on (a) jobcreation and (b) the poor;(4) on what date does he expect to sign the Bill;(5) whether the specified date will be before the national elections in2014?NW2924E 
REPLY: 
(1) Yes, the President sought a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the TransportLaws and Related Matters Amendment Bill.(2) and (3) The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, does not requirethe President to consider, the issues raised in question 2 and 3, beforehe assents to or signs a Bill passed by Parliament. Section 79(1) of the Constitution, requires the President to either assentto or sign the Bill passed Parliament, or refer it back to the National Assembly for consideration if he has reservations about theconstitutionality of the Bill.

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