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House Sitting 2017-03-17
17 March @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Orders of the Day
- Consideration of the Finance Portfolio Committee’s Oversight report on the Principle of the Provincial Appropriation Bill [G002-2017]. Chairperson: Hon. S V Khumalo
- Oversight Committee on the Office of the Premier and the Legislature’s Focused Intervention Study (FIS) Report on Building Management by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Chairperson: Hon. C G Tsotetsi
- Oversight Committee on the Office of the Premier and the Legislature’s Report on the International Study Tour to Japan. Chairperson: Hon. C G Tsotetsi
- Standing Committee on the Scrutiny of Subordinate Legislation Committee’s Oversight Report on the Third Quarterly report for the 2016/2017 financial year. Chairperson: Hon. J M Mofokeng
- Motion with regard to Human Rights Day i.t.o. Rule 121 (1). Proponent: Hon. M Kanyane
- Motion with regard to Zama Zama’s i.t.o. Rule 121(1) (2) and 122. Proponent: Hon. M S Mashego
- I Hon. M Kanyane (ANC) table the following motion with regard to Human Rights Day in terms of rule 121 (1).
(i) Human Rights day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March. In memory of the Sharpeville and Langa Massacre;
(ii) This year marks the 57th anniversary of the apartheid police shot and killed 69 of the protesters at Sharpeville during a peaceful protest march, while many other people were killed in other parts of the country;
(iii) The annual commemorations provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights;
(iv) This year’s celebration coincides with the 40th anniversary of the passing of Steve Biko and the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of that doyen of our Liberation, and Human Rights culture, OR Tambo, as a fitting tribute to mark his selfless and fervent efforts towards bloodless transition and advocate for human rights.
(i) Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are the ultimate protector of our Human Rights, which were previously denied to the majority of our people under Apartheid;
(ii) We commemorate Human Rights Day to reinforce our commitment to the Bill of Rights as enshrined in our Constitution;
(iii) this year’s theme is “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”;
(iv) 10 December 2016 marked the 69th anniversary of the universal declaration of Humans Rights and the theme is “Stand up for Someone’s rights today”.
Therefore call on the House to debate:
(i) Progress made by this democratic government to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights;
(ii) The significance of Human Rights Day to educate all South Africans about their human rights and the importance of not infringing others, particularly in light of the recent racist manifestations and xenophobic attacks; and
(iii) The need to forge a broadest possible social compact to ensure we continue to work for a society where all forms of discrimination, be it based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, social status, or nationality is eradicated, and the rights based culture entrenched.
- I Hon. M S Mashego (EFF) table the following motion with regard to Zama Zama’s in terms of rule 121 (1) (2) and 122.
(i) the Freedom Charter demands that “the national wealth of our country, the heritage of South Africans shall be restored to the people”;
(v) The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the Banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole;
(vi) The demands of the Freedom Charter have not been met as private mining companies are mining our minerals at the expense of the people.
(v) in 2011, forty miners died at an “illegal mining” shaft in the old mining town of Springs, east of Johannesburg. A further nineteen miners died in an illegal shaft ZM2;
(vi) the unemployment rate often forces former mining communities to risk their lives at the often abandoned shafts to earn a living;
(vii) the fact that Zama Zama’s risk their lives in their efforts to earn a living from the remains of what mining companies have left abandoned (after the massive commercial extraction which lacks beneficiation to communities and workers). Instead there are criminalised, this is contrary to the spirit and the principles of the Freedom Charter.
(i) the house debates the decriminalisation of ‘Zama Zama’s’ of artisanal and small scale forms of mining in Gauteng and by extension South Africa, which is viewed as “illegal”, further debating the dangerous and precarious conditions in which this small scale mining is conducted, with the view of influencing the provincial government to give support to ‘Zama Zama’s’ or Black small scale miners/entrepreneurs.