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TRANSPORT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
04 October 2000
SOUTH AFRICAN RAIL COMMUTER CORPORATION LIMITED FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS BILL: VOTING
South African Rail Commuter Corporation Limited Financial Arrangements Bill
The Democratic Alliance wanted to tighten up clause 1 (c) by adding " that any such debt be repaid by the Corporation and not be deferred back to the State". The majority party and the Inkatha Freedom Party were not in favour of this proposed amendment and overruled it. All the parties voted in favor of the Bill with no amendments made.
Mr Pillay and Mr Niemann (DA) wanted to know if the passing of the Bill was not creating a precedent for other parastatals to be bailed out by government for their mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption. Mr Jappie van Niekerk, from the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) stated that in borrowing the money, which is now a debt, the SARCC had been asked to do so by the previous government.
The DA proposed in clause 1(c) that the following be inserted "that any such debt be repaid by the Corporation and not be deferred back to the State". Mr Cronin (ANC), Mr Slabbert (IFP) and Mr Schneemann (ANC) objected to the DA's proposal. The DA then wanted an assurance that its proposed amendment will form part of the regulations. Mr Cronin responded that the Committee cannot make such an undertaking, as it is the Department's prerogative to make regulations.
All the parties voted in favor of the Bill.
The meeting adjourned
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