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EFF, MK Party And ANC Clash Over Budget Debates And Parliament Opening

EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi criticized this schedule, stating, "Budget vote, one, we are debating him again and then we come back for replies.

In recent developments, several political parties have expressed concerns about the parliamentary agenda, citing insufficient time to scrutinize departmental budgets.

This has led to a significant clash, particularly involving the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the MK Party, who have voiced their dissatisfaction with the current schedule.

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The opposition parties, including the EFF and MK Party, have argued that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s frequent appearances in Parliament this month are consuming valuable time.

They have called for the opening of Parliament to be moved to August to allow for more thorough examination of the budgets. During Thursday’s National Assembly Programme Committee meeting, these parties highlighted their grievances, accusing the government of ‘steam rolling’ the parliamentary process.

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President Ramaphosa is scheduled to appear in Parliament at least three times this month to open the session, respond to debates on his speech, and present the presidency budget vote.

EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi criticized this schedule, stating, “Budget vote, one, we are debating him again and then we come back for replies. He takes the lion’s share of July.” Floyd Shivambu also accused the African National Congress (ANC) of imposing the programme without proper consultation.

In response to the opposition’s demands, there was a discussion about moving some budget debates to the following week. While the request to delay the opening of Parliament to August was not agreed upon, this adjustment aims to provide MPs with additional time to study the budgets.

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The clash over the parliamentary programme highlights the ongoing tension between the opposition parties and the current government.

With President Ramaphosa’s busy schedule further complicating matters, it remains to be seen how these issues will be resolved in the coming weeks. The call for more time to scrutinize budgets reflects the need for a balanced and transparent parliamentary process.

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Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
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