The final mandates for the provincial legislatures of the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West and KwaZulu Natal were presented, all of which reflected a vote in favour of the Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Bill [B1B-2014], as amended by the Select Committee. The Mpumalanga legislature had voted in favour of the Bill as introduced, but had not submitted a valid final mandate in favour of the Bill as amended. The Western Cape stated that it wanted to make a minority declaration, and hence voted against the Bill.
The draft Committee Report on the Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Bill, reflecting the adoption of the Bill by the majority, was considered and adopted without comment.
The Committee’s draft Legacy Report was considered and adopted without comment. The minutes of meetings held on both the morning and afternoon of 19 March 2014 were adopted.
The Chairperson expressed his appreciation to the Members of this Committee for their proactive stance in the last term that had helped to make a difference to the way that Parliament did its work.
Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Bill [B1B-2014], Consideration of Final Mandates on the Bill (as amended by the Committee) and adoption
The Chairperson noted that although the Eastern Cape permanent delegate was not present, the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature had submitted a mandate, which he read out and which expressed that this legislature was in favour of the Bill.
Mr S Montsisi (ANC, Gauteng) stated that Gauteng voted in favour of the Bill.
Mr M Makhubela (COPE, Limpopo) stated that Limpopo voted in favour of the Bill.
Mr B Mashile (ANC, Mpumalanga) stated that there was no final mandate from Mpumalanga, because the document reflected a vote on the incorrect version of the Bill.
The Chairperson explained that the Mpumalanga legislature was in favour of the Bill as introduced, but had not expressed itself in favour of the Bill as amended by the Committee at the last meeting (by changing of the wording related to audit certificates).
Mr Mashile confirmed that there was no mandate for the Bill in front of the Select Committee. This was a deliberate resolution by the Mpumalanga legislature.
The Chairperson stated that the Northern Cape voted in favour of the Bill.
Mr T Chaane (ANC, North West) stated that North West voted in favour of the Bill.
Mr D Joseph (DA, Western Cape) stated that the Western Cape wanted to make a minority declaration, and was voting against the Bill.
The Chairperson stated that KZN, whose Member was not present, had voted in favour of the Bill.
No mandate was presented for the Free State.
Six provinces having voted in favour of the Bill (as amended), it was therefore passed.
Consideration and adoption of the Committee draft Report on the Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Bill
The draft Committee Report on the Financial Management of Parliament Amendment Bill [B1B-2014] was considered and adopted, without any comment or change.
Draft Committee Legacy Report: Consideration and adoption
The Chairperson noted that the Legacy Report had been circulated to Members in advance.
The draft Committee Legacy Report was considered and adopted without further comment or change.
Adoption of Minutes
The Chairperson noted that two meetings of the Committee, in the morning and the afternoon, were held on 19 March.
The draft minutes for both the morning and afternoon meetings of 19 March were considered and adopted without comment.
Chairperson’s closing remarks
The Chairperson thanked the Members of the Select Committee for making a difference to the work of the Committee during the Fourth Parliament. The Appropriation and Finance Select Committees provided leadership, through allocating the finances that other committees then oversaw through their departments. He asked all Members who would be returning to keep a “finger on the pulse” in the way forward, and to mobilise to make Parliament more active.
He thanked the staff and the NCOP staff for their assistance.
The meeting was adjourned.
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