MPs who are trying to pass a debt relief bill last week lambasted the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the National Credit Regulator (NCR) and the National Consumer Tribunal (NCT) for an "appalling" submission on the proposed bill. The chairperson of the portfolio committee on trade and industry, Joanmariae Fubbs, who described the presentation made by acting deputy-director general Macdonald Netshitenzhe as "an insult to the committee", said the committee would write to the minister of trade and industry to make him aware of its disapproval of the joint submission by the department, the regulator and the tribunal. MPs from across the board were unanimous in their criticism. The DA’s Dean Macpherson said the presentation was the worst he had listened to or seen on paper in the four years he had served on the committee. "For a bill that is so important, what was tabled is wholly insufficient. It shows that the department has not taken the bill seriously and that it has not sou...

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