The Committee briefly discussed the progress that had been made concerning the Black Administration and Amendment of Certain Laws Bill. Members were informed that although the previous Committee had commenced with consultations on the Bill, it had not completed its work due to time constraints. The Committee agreed that a public process would be conducted within rural communities across the country (on the Bill) and that this process would be carried out by a Committee from the National Council of Provinces.
Discussion by the Committee
The Chairperson requested clarity on the progress that had been made by the previous Committee on the Draft Repeal of Black Administration and Amendment of Certain Laws Bill.
Ms Christine Silkstone, Content Advisor for the Committee, responded that traditional leaders as well as the Department of Constitutional Development and Justice had come together and identified key issues around the Bill.
Mr J Sibanyoni (ANC) added that the previous Committee had deliberations on the Bill and a sub-committee was formed to conduct consultations with the relevant stakeholders. A representative from the Commission for Gender Equality was part of the sub-committee. Due to time constraints, the sub-committee had not managed to complete its work.
Ms Silkstone recalled that a commitment had been made for a public process to be conducted within rural communities across the country.
Ms M Smuts (DA) mentioned that a standing committee from the National Council of Provinces conducted regular visits within the rural areas. She suggested that this Committee be allowed to carry out the consultation process.
Mr M Gungubele (ANC) agreed with Ms Smuts and supported her proposal.
The Chairperson adopted this proposal as the path that the Committee would follow.
Ms Silkstone commented that there was value in public participation as the Bill was contentious and should be handled in a sensitive way.
The meeting was adjourned.