The Committee considered proposed technical amendments to the Immigration Amendment Bill. The amendments proposed were not of a substantive nature and hence the Bill was adopted as amended. The Committee also discussed participation on policy votes and the preparation that went into it. Members were provided with a report back on the Biennial Summit on Substance Abuse. The
Immigration Amendment Bill
The Department of Home Affairs presented proposed amendments on the Bill to the Committee. Advocate Deon Erasmus, Chief Director: Legal Services, Department of Home Affairs, undertook the presentation. He pointed out that the proposed amendments were pedantic technical amendments which made the wording in the Bill clearer. None of the amendments were substantive in nature. Clauses 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 13, 17, 20, 21, 24 and 26 of the Bill were amended.
Mr Theo Hercules, Principal State Law Advisor, Office of the Chief State Law Advisor, found the proposed amendments acceptable.
The Chairperson stated that the Department had effected the necessary technical amendments to the Bill and the Committee found them to be acceptable as well.
The Chairperson, however, wished to follow a less conventional route and asked political parties to vote in favour or against the Bill.
Mr M de Villiers (
The Chairperson answered that there had been other amendments to the Bill which the Committee had previously agreed to.
The African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Congress of the People (COPE) supported the Bill.
The Committee agreed to the Bill as amended.
Mr W Faber (
The Chairperson asked what the specific issues were that the DA did not agree with.
Mr Faber responded that there were clauses in the Bill that the DA wished to discuss with the Committee. He noted that Mr De Villiers and the DA’s shadow minister had discussed the issues.
Mr S Plaaitjie (
Ms M Boroto (
The Chairperson emphasised that in the future Members should forward concerns over pieces of legislation in writing to the Committee Secretary, Ms Marcelle Abrahams, who in turn would bring them to the Committee’s attention. She apologised for the misunderstanding. The route taken on the adoption of the Bill as per political party vote would be followed on all Section 75 bills.
Policy Vote discussion
Ms Boroto, as the Whip of the Committee, stated that she needed to prepare policy votes at the last moment. The policy vote on Health was scheduled for the 14 June 2011, Social Development and Home Affairs were scheduled for the 21 June 2011 and a strategic session was scheduled for the 24 May 2011. She strongly felt that Members should be included in policy debates and should not be informed about them at the last moment. Members needed to fine-tune policy debates beforehand.
The Chairperson shared Ms Boroto’s sentiments.
Ms B Mncube (
Ms D Rantho (
Mr T Mashamaite (
Analysis of Biennial
Mr Sean Whiting, Researcher, National Council of Provinces, provided the Committee with feedback on the
The Chairperson stated that substance abuse was indeed a priority of the Committee. The Committee’s work should be guided by what was recommended in the Committee’s Strategic Plan.
Ms Mncube suggested that Members read through the material which they had on the
The Chairperson agreed that the material at hand would be used as base documents and that the Committee visit specific areas identified for oversight on the issue of substance abuse.
Outstanding Committee Minutes
The Committee made minor spelling changes to minutes where needed.
The minutes dated 15, 22 and 24 March 2011 were adopted as amended. The minutes for the 29 March 2011 were adopted without amendments.
Report on Study Tour to the
The Committee’s Content Advisor, Dr Thulisile Ganyaza-Twalo, presented an overview of the Report to the Committee. The tour had taken place from the 19-25 February 2011. The
The Committee agreed to read through the Report and to make recommendations if need be.
Ms Boroto stated that the Report was good and clear.
Mr De Villiers agreed that the Report was very thorough and complete.
The Chairperson suggested that Members read the Report and make suggestions and amendments where necessary. Thereafter the Committee would fine tune the Report for tabling in the Plenary.
Ms Mncube insisted that the Committee first meet to discuss the Report before tabling.
The Chairperson agreed.
Select Committee on Social Services Annual Plan 2011-2012
Dr Ganyaza-Twalo placed the Plan before the Committee. She noted that the only changes that had been made to the Plan were dates.
The Chairperson stated that verification of decisions that had been taken needed to be included in the Plan and it would hence be advisable for the Committee not to adopt the Plan as yet. She suggested that whatever needed to be included in the Plan be included before adoption. Members were nevertheless encouraged to read through the Plan.
The Committee agreed to the Chairperson’s suggestion.
The meeting was adjourned.
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