The Committee elected Ms Z Ncitha (unopposed) to be its chairperson.
The incoming chairperson thanked Members for giving her this responsibility. She further indicated that she was nothing without the Members of the Committee and the Committee would be relying on the support staff to make sure that the responsibility that they had been given was implemented without fail.
The Committee Secretary and Acting Chairperson opened the meeting and introduced members of the Committee support team. He explained that it was his role, in terms of Rule 153 of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), to call for nominations for a Chairperson for the Committee. He would call for a seconder and then ask the nominee if he or she were prepared to accept the nomination. If there were no further nominations, he would announce that person duly appointed without an election. If there were further nominations, he would proceed to an election.
The Committee Secretary asked for a nomination for the position of Chairperson of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings.
Mr A Gxoyiya (ANC; Northern Cape) nominated Ms Z Ncitha (ANC; Eastern Cape) as Chairperson. Ms M Mmola (ANC; Mpumalanga) seconded the nomination. There were no further nominations and no objections.
Ms Ncitha accepted the nomination and was duly declared Chairperson of the Committee.
The Chairperson thanked the Secretary and thanked the Members of Parliament. She was humbled by the nomination for the position of Chairperson of the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings.
She did not take the responsibility lightly. She knew that it was a huge task, especially as, in the Fifth Parliament, she had been one of those who had crossed the country and taken Parliament to the people and had heard the issues that the people had raised. She knew that undertakings made in that process through the offices of the mayors and the Ministers and not implemented would come back to that Committee.
The Chairperson noted that she was nothing without the Members of the Committee. The Committee would be relying on the support staff to make sure that the responsibility that the Committee Members had been given was implemented without fail.
The Chairperson adjourned the meeting.
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