In a last minute rush to finish its business before closing down for the elections, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) adopted 12 bills Thursday, including some highly controversial ones. In addition, two bills were referred back to the NCOP’s select committees and one was amended by the NCOP and so was sent back to the National Assembly. The bills were processed in record time with only one speaker set down for the debate on each bill, though political parties were allowed to make declarations on them. The bills will now be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for possible signature and promulgation. The president can send bills back to parliament for a number of reasons, including if their passage through the legislature was procedurally flawed or if they violate the constitution. Among the bills adopted were the Division of Revenue Bill, the Carbon Tax Bill, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Amendment Bill, the Financial Matters Amendment Bill, the Copyright Amendment Bi...

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