By Denis Joseph MPP, Deputy Chief Whip in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament:
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) follow up visit to the Eden District, ‘taking parliament to the people,’ has been postponed to early in 2016.
The NCOP steering committee chose to postpone the visit, which comes after an initial visit that took place in April 2015. This follows the labour dispute between the management of parliament and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU). The dispute is negatively impacting on the state of readiness of the NCOP.
The Executive Authority of the National Assembly and the NCOP is challenged to such an extent that the risk has become too high. As such, the visit to municipalities in the Eden District cannot effectively conduct follow up visits and public hearings.
Despite the challenges, the Western Cape Provincial Parliament remains committed to the exercise of taking parliament to the people. The three spheres of government must continue its collaboration, in the interest of all citizens.
Denis Joseph MPP – 084 703 9266
Deputy Chief Whip of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.