Four parliamentary committees have recommended the re-appointment of Prof Mohammed Jahed as the director of the parliamentary budget office (PBO) until after next year’s election, despite strong opposition from the DA. Jahed’s five year contract comes to an end this month The contract was extended until three months after next year’s general election to allow the new board of the budget office — which includes the speaker of the National Assembly, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the chairpersons of the two parliamentary finance committees, and the chairpersons of Parliament’s two appropriations committees — to make a new appointment. The re-appointment was a holding exercise, finance committee chairman Yunus Carrim said. The budget office was established by the Money Bills Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act with the intention to provide independent, objective and professional advice and analysis to Parliament on matters related to the budget and other ...

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