The National Assembly will consider and adopt a resolution on the report of the Section 89 independent panel into President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday next week. This was announced by National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula during the handover of the report by the panel led by retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo. The panel investigated whether there is sufficient evidence to show that President Cyril Ramaphosa violated any grounds of impeachment set out in Section 89 of the Constitution linked to his conduct related to a robbery at his Phala Phala game farm in 2020. The section provides that a sitting President can be removed on these grounds: • serious violation of the Constitution or the law • serious misconduct • inability to perform the functions of office “The report will be communicated to members of Parliament through the next publication of the Announcements, Tabling and Committee Reports tonight. We have set aside the 6th of December for consideration by the National Assembly. “The role of the National Assembly pertaining to this report is articulated in the rules. The House will consider the report, its findings and recommendations and adopt a resolution through a simple majority vote whether a further action by the House is necessary or not,” she said. The Speaker emphasised that the work of political parties related to the panel has ensured the impartiality of the report. “The ceremonial handover of the report of the Section 89 independent panel marks one of the indicative milestones in South Africa’s maturing democracy. “The involvement of political parties in the constitution of the panel forms an essential element of checks and balances to jealously guard its independence to remove any perception of bias so that the integrity of its outcome is not brought into question,” she said. Ngcobo emphasised that the panel followed the mandate set out by the National Assembly (NA) to the letter during its investigation. The other members of the panel were Judge Thokozile Masipa and Advocate Mahlape Sello. “Someone went on television and said if this panel does not call the Hawks, it would not have done its job. Let me make it quite clear…that’s not our job. Our job was to interrogate the information that members of the [National] Assembly saw fit to present to us. That’s what the rules set by the National Assembly told and required us to do. “It is not in my blood to disregard the law. I live by the law and that’s what I have to do. So let me clear that perception once and for all. It was not our job to call whoever you wanted us to call to help us here. The rules that [the NA] made, made it quite clear and that’s what these volumes [of the report] are based on,” he said. The report consists of three volumes with the first being the report itself and the latter being a record of proceedings. Source: South African Government News Agency

Government has welcomed the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for quarter three, which revealed that 204 000 jobs were gained between the second and third quarters of 2022.
“Government is doing all within its power to attract and create a conducive environment for investment and business to thrive in South Africa,” Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said on Wednesday.
The Labour Force Survey also revealed that the total number of persons employed was 15.8 million in the third quarter of 2022. This means that the official unemployment rate decreased by 1.0 percentage point from 33.9% in the second quarter to 32.9% in the third quarter of 2022.
The unemployment rate according to the expanded definition of unemployment also decreased by 1.0 percentage point to 43.1% in Q3:2022 compared to Q2:2022.
The largest jobs gain were recorded in manufacturing (123 000), followed by trade (82 000), construction (46 000), transport (33 000) and community and social services (27 000).
“Whilst this is welcomed news ahead of the festive season, government acknowledges that the country has a long way to go and more work needs to be done to address the challenge of unemployment in the country.
“Despite an increase of 25 000 in the number of employed youth during the third quarter, the results show that the youth (aged 15-34 years) remain vulnerable in the labour market,” the Minister said.
Gungubele said government is implementing the Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan to build a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy.
“We are pleased with the growth of the employment rate but more must be done. Government together with the business sector, organised labour and other partners are committed to addressing the challenge of unemployment.
“Citizens are encouraged to support local businesses and embrace entrepreneurship. Let us work together to improve the employment rate of South Africa, leaving no one behind. But in short, we are very encouraged by these results and hope that these green shoots building upon previous quarters are starting to signify the turn in our economic outlook,” the Minister said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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