Mr Malusi Stanley Motimele was elected as the Chairperson of the Committee.
The Committee Secretary presided over the election of the Committee Chairperson. She asked whether there were any nominations.
Mr D Gamede (ANC) nominated Mr M Motimele (ANC)
Mr B Bongo (ANC) seconded the nomination of Mr Motimele.
Mr Motimele was duly elected the Committee Chairperson. He asked members to introduce themselves, indicating also which party they were representing - which they did.
He directed the Committee's attention to the proposed Committee programme and asked if there were any changes that members would like to make to the programme.
Mr J Skosana (ANC) moved for the adoption of the programme as is and Mr Gamede seconded the motion.
Mr S Esau (DA) said that he had only received the programme at the meeting, thus he requested that his party be given the opportunity to read through it before it was adopted.
Mr Gamede responded to Mr Esau’s request saying that the Chairperson had earlier indicated that any changes that needed to be done to the proposed programme could be made after the adoption, seeing that all the members had just received the programme.
The Chairperson clarified his earlier statement that if there were any changes that members wanted to make to the programme, they could inform his office. He asked the Committee to always put the defence of the country first when considering all issues to do with this portfolio, even though members represented different parties. His office was trying to organise a workshop to brief new members on how the country’s defence structure was constituted. The dates of that workshop would be communicated. The work of the Committee would resume the following week.
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