This week, Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee rejected as "appalling" a submission by the Department of Trade and Industry on public comments made on the proposed amendments to the National Credit Act, which aim to provide relief to the over-indebted. Political parties were unanimous in their rejection of the submission by the department’s acting deputy director-general MacDonald Netshitenzhe, who heads up the consumer and corporate regulation division. MPs said the submission failed to grapple with the substantive issues raised by various stakeholders during public hearings on the draft bill. "We were highly disappointed. It was shockingly poor," committee chairman Joan Fubbs said on Thursday, adding that the work presented by Netshitenzhe was "just getting worse. We cannot go on like this". Fubbs said she would write a letter of complaint to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies over what she said was the sub-standard work being presented to Parliament by Netshit...

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