In recent years, the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa has been at the receiving end of bashing from its implacable critics – some members of the media. As such, the Business Day article on Monday, 19 September 2016 by Khulekani Magubane titled “Parliament’s financials ‘are out of order’” came as no surprise. At first glance, the article seems well balanced. But as one delves deeper into the article, one gets a huge sense of disappointment. By Thembani Mbadlanyana, Executive Assistant (Research), Office of the Secretary to Parliament.