South Africa: Deputy President David Mabuza Responds to Oral Questions in the National Assembly, 22 Oct

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Deputy President David Mabuza to reaffirm government's commitment to eliminate corruption in all its forms and manifestations in the National Assembly

Deputy President David Mabuza will on Thursday, 22 October 2020 respond to oral questions in the National Assembly, where he will outline government programmes towards attaining unity, social cohesion and moral regeneration across society as the country focusses on the reconstruction and recovery of the economy that has further been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The official opposition has posed a question to the Deputy President regarding initiatives by government to facilitate social cohesion, moral regeneration, investment and trade promotion in light of emerging corrupt activities on government's Covid-19 response as revealed through the work of law enforcement agencies.

In his response, the Deputy President will reflect on how deepening unemployment, poverty, and growing inequalities within our society may lead to undesirable social fractures and disunity if not addressed.

Deputy President Mabuza will also speak to interventions taken by government to combat corrupt practices by officials conducting business with the State, as the pursuit of a capable, and ethical developmental state requires professional and ethical public servants with requisite skills and expertise to advance socio-economic development and transformation.

The Deputy President will once again restate that this government remains steadfast in eliminating corruption and ensuring that the integrity of the state and public trust is protected.

As chairperson of the Eskom Political Task Team, the Deputy President will also outline government's plans on procurement of cheapest and quickest energy generation options including creating policy certainty on the procurement of renewable energy and mitigating actions to avert load shedding projected for the coming year. The Deputy President will also address corporate governance issues in Eskom in the response to the question on procurement processes widely reported on the media against the Chief Executive Officer.

Additionally, the Deputy President will also respond to a question on steps to be undertaken in fast-tracking amendment to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, Act 15 of 2014, which the Constitutional Court had declared invalid. The Deputy President will reaffirm government's commitment to the acceleration of land redistribution programme to redress the historical injustices of land dispossession and displacement.

The hybrid sitting of the National Assembly will take place on Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 14:00.

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