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E-tolls report release, Hawks drama dates back to 2007, Parliament vs EFF

EWN Correspondent Mia Lindeque on this story: it’s being reported that the e-tolls panel has recommended an extra fee to be paid annually towards e-tolling. Gauteng Premier David Makhura is today expected to release the full details of the e-tolls assessment panel report, including recommendations. Earlier reports suggested that experts had found the poor are largely paying for the e-tolls while those driving between Sandton, Bryanston and Houghton are avoiding the tolled roads. Gauteng Provincial government says a consultation process with national government had to be concluded before the assessment panel’s report could be released.

The Helen Suzman Foundation will ask the high court in Pretoria to give an order declaring suspended Hawks boss Anwa Dramat’s suspension invalid. The foundation filed papers on Friday last week and the matter was set down for Thursday this week. This follows the withdrawn suspension of Gauteng boss Maj-Gen Shadrack Sibiya.

Listen to Beeld Editor-In-Chief traces back the problems surrounding the Hawks to the ANC Conference in 2007 and notes how a Constitutional Court ruling last year declared it unconstitutional for Minister of Police to fire the head of the Hawks, below:

A Parliamentary procedural advisor has noted that the EFF's plan to disrupt proceedings at the State of the Nation Address using Rule 116 of the Parliamentary rules will not work. Secretary to the National Council of Provinces and Procedural Advisor to the Presiding Officers in Parliament, Advocate Eric Modibedi Phindela:

In the first instance, the letter that was written to the Speaker related to the proceedings of the National Assembly and the Speaker was asked to call a special seating of the National Assembly and not a special seating of Parliament. Parliament is constituted by the two houses sitting together - the National Council of Provinces and the National Assembly. (On the EFF threatening to invoke Rule 116 to get the President to answer for Nkandla expenditure, during the SONA) that rule is a rule of the National Assembly, it is not a joint rule and it does not apply to the proceedings of a joint sitting. The President had answered questions in the National Assembly - that is where the matter arose. It must be dealt with there.

Listen to the conversation with 702's John Robbie below:

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