4. Ms H H Malgas (ANC) to ask the President of the Republic:
With reference to his response to the debate of his address at the Annual Opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town on 12 March 2014, what are the latest developments in finalising the formal recognition of Khoi and San leaders as indigenous leaders in the country of their birth? NO1020E
The Traditional Affairs Bill was revised during 2014 based on the comments received after the publication of the Bill in the Government Gazette in September 2013.
The comments were carefully analysed and many have contributed towards the improvement of the Bill.
The Bill will now be known as the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership and Governance Bill.
The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill intends to consolidate and repeal the existing national legislation relating to traditional leadership, namely the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of 2003 and the National House of Traditional Leaders Act of 2009.
The Bill addresses the limitations of the existing legislation and provides uniformity in respect of traditional leadership matters.
It makes provision for the statutory recognition of Khoi-San communities and leaders, provided that they meet the criteria for recognition as contained in the Bill.
This is the first time ever in the history of our country, that provision is made in legislation for the official recognition of the Khoi and San people.
In addition to the recognition of the Khoi-San communities and leaders, the Bill also makes provision for the establishment of a Khoi-San council for each recognised Khoi-San community.
It also makes provision for the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Khoi-San Matters to assist government with the recognition process.
The Bill also provides for the integration of Khoi-San leaders into existing houses of traditional leaders which will in future be known as houses of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders.
As far as the Advisory Committee on Khoi-San Matters is concerned, the members will have to be experts in amongst others, Khoi-San customs and customary law.
The public will be invited to nominate persons to be considered as members of the Advisory Committee.
The Bill will be resubmitted to Cabinet for final consideration soon.
I thank you.
5. Mr M A Mncwango (IFP) to ask the President of the Republic:
With reference to his reply to question 923 on 11 November 2013, (a) when does he expect to reach a decision regarding the outstanding, but still pending, applications for presidential pardon in terms of the Special Dispensation Process and
(b) what are the full (i) details and (ii) reasons why presidential pardon has been (aa) granted and (bb) not granted in respect of each of the 2109 applications received by the Reference Group, including the 432 applications submitted by members of the IFP? NO1031E
As the Honourable Members are aware, during 2007, former President Thabo Mbeki, announced a Special Dispensation Process for pardon available to applicants whose offences were committed with a political motive and who did not participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Process (TRC).
A Reference Group, consisting of members of the political parties represented in Parliament, was established to evaluate the applications and make recommendations to the President as to whether or not a pardon should be granted.
The Reference Group dealt with two thousand one hundred and nine (2109) pardon applications.
Four hundred and thirty two (432) applications were submitted by applicants who indicated that they were members of the IFP.
The Reference Group recommended that pardon be granted to one hundred and forty nine (149) applicants out of the total of two thousand one hundred and nine (2109) processed.
The Department of Justice and Correctional Services and The Presidency are in the process of finalising the relevant documents for my final decision. I have therefore not yet granted pardon to any applicants who applied in terms of the Special Dispensation Process, including the IFP members.
All applicants, together with victim families and political parties, will be informed as soon as I have taken a decision on this matter.
The Reference Group also recommended not to grant pardon to one thousand nine hundred and sixty (1960) applicants.
We accepted this recommendation in respect of one thousand and thirty four (1034) applications and the applicants were informed of the decision.
The Reference Group did not recommend pardon in a specific case if the application fell within one or more of the following categories:
a. Applicants who did not apply in terms of the Special Dispensation Process before the due date.
b. Cases where the offence or offences that were committed after 16 June 1999, were sexual offences, acts of domestic violence or offences that involved drugs.
Also not recommended were applicants that had been refused amnesty by the Committee on Amnesty in terms of the Truth and Reconciliation Act and also for offences that were not committed with a political objective.
The remaining nine hundred and twenty six (926) applications are still receiving attention and the applicants will be informed as soon as I have taken a decision.
I thank you.
6. Prof N M Khubisa (NFP) to ask the President of the Republic:
(1)(a) Who exactly formed his delegation for the recent inaugural US-Africa Leaders’ Summit which was held in Washington DC from 4 to 6 August 2014 and (b) which specific areas of focus informed the deliberations;
(2) did the choice of the delegation match these areas of focus; if so,
(3) were any specific agreements entered into; if so, (a) what benefits has he found that Africa can draw from these agreements in the short, medium or long term and (b) what specific lessons did the South African delegation draw from this summit? NO1039E
The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit was a huge success and served to reshape the relationship between Africa and the United States, in our view.
Entitled “Investing in the Next Generation”, the Summit reflected on three main areas.
These were Investing in Africa’s future focusing on trade, investment and development, peace and regional stability as well as Governing for the next generation, dealing with good governance, youth development and service delivery.
We believe that we contributed to ensuring that the Summit delivers on tangible priorities for Africa on the economic front.
The Summit helped to position Africa in the US as a continent on the rise and which is ripe with possibilities especially for trade and investment.
This contributed positively to the promotion of Africa’s regional integration and development goals.
Another significant outcome amongst others is the support of the peace and security measures that Africa wants to institute, for example the African rapid response mechanism and standby force.
We emphasised our guiding principle of African solutions to African problems. This means that any support would need to be African-developed and African-led.
At a bilateral level, our formal bilateral discussions with US Vice President Joe Biden and informal discussions with President Barrack Obama and senior members of the US Congress set the tone for further discussions and cooperation in many areas.
The visit was a success as well in terms of promoting US-South Africa trade and investment ties.
We had productive sessions of marketing the country with the US-South Africa Chamber of Commerce and a meeting with the Washington National Press Club.
More than 600 US companies invest in the South African economy and we want to further deepen these ties which create much-needed jobs in our country.
In the main Honourable Speaker, we communicated intensively the importance of the extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to our country and to Africa.
South Africa has benefitted immensely from AGOA with 95 per cent of our exports having entered the US through preferential treatment under AGOA.
We were pleased to secure a political commitment from the US government for the renewal of AGOA with the inclusion of South Africa.
We will continue to engage with the US Administration and the US Congress in this regard. As we speak, the Minister of Trade and Industry is in the US in negotiations about South African poultry exports into the US market.
The President was accompanied by four Cabinet Ministers that formed part of the official South African delegation that participated in the US-African Leaders Summit on 6 August 2014.
These were Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister Rob Davies, Minister David Mahlobo and Minister Dipuo Peters.
Other members of the National Executive, Minister Naledi Pandor and Deputy Ministers Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and Ayanda Dlodlo were invited by the US Government and participated in key side events prior to the actual Summit on 6 August.
All members of the delegation enhanced South Africa’s presence and promoted the country’s priorities in the various forums that they participated in.
I thank you.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS