RAMAPHOSA HAILS 2016 AS YEAR OF SUCCESS FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S PARLIAMENT

South Afran Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed 2016 as a year of successful engagement between the Executive and the Legislature.

In his 2016 Parliamentary Review, the Deputy President said here Tuesday that the year underscored the growing strength and integrity of South Africa’s system of democratic governance.

He cited the constructive exchanges between the Executive and parliament, the sharp growth in Parliamentary questions directed at members of the Executive and Parliament’s selection of a new Public Protector (Ombudsman) as evidence of the transparency and accountability with which government responds to the hopes and aspirations of the electorate.

Reflecting on the year, Ramaphosa said it was through Parliament that members of the Executive accounted individually and collectively to the people of South Africa on the pace of transformation to ensure a better quality of life for all.

“Good relations between the Executive and Parliament were key to protecting South Africa’s democratic system, while sound intergovernmental relations substantially enhanced responsiveness by the State to the needs of citizens,” he added.

He noted a significant improvement in responses by members of the Executive to both oral and written questions from Members of Parliament as part of the Cabinet’s collective commitment to ensure that members of the Executive fulfilled their responsibility to account to Parliament.

“Members of the Executive are acutely aware of the importance of Parliament’s oversight of the exercise of national executive authority and of any organ of State, and the role that tools such as Parliamentary Questions play in such oversight. This is a matter that is consistently raised and discussed in Cabinet meetings,” he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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