The Committee met to hear the final provincial mandates on the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill. It was indicated that seven of the provinces had mandated its representatives to vote in favour of the Bill. The
Opening remarks by Chairperson
The Chair commenced proceedings by welcoming everybody in attendance and reciting the apologies of absent Members. Thereafter, she introduced Ms K Kgaraebe, as a new delegate, who would assume the position previously occupied by the deceased Mr J Thlagale. Lastly, she mentioned that all the provinces had sent their mandates, except for the
Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill
Provincial representatives read out the final mandates on behalf of their provinces.
Mr M Sulliman (ANC,
Ms N Madlala (ANC,
Ms J Vilakazi (IFP,
Ms H Lamoela (DA,
Mr B Tolo (ANC,
Mr Sulliman stated that the Northern Cape Legislature conferred authority to the permanent delegate to vote in support of the Bill
Ms K Kgaraebe (UCDP, North West) stated that the North West Legislature conferred authority to the permanent delegate of the NCOP to vote in support of the Bill
Ms Lamoela stated that the Provincial Standing Committee on Social Development had conferred on the Western Cape’s delegate the authority to support the Bill without amendment.
Mr Sulliman observed that the North West Legislature had failed to properly capture the Bill. The document referred to B21-2007 as opposed to B21B-2007. He argued that the Committee could only accept such a mandate once the Legislature corroborated its true intention to adopt B21B-2007 and not the stated B21-2007.
The Chairperson noted this concern and stated that the Committee should then consider the mandates of seven provinces. She added that verification would be sought from the North West Legislature to establish whether the oversight was as a result of a typing error.
The Chairperson obtained consensus that mandates from seven provinces, which constituted a quorum, be accepted. She repeated that a “follow up will be done” with the North West Legislature to correct the typing error.
The Committee examined the Bill clause-by-clause and resolved to adopt Clauses 1, 7 and 9 with amendments. The remaining clauses were approved without amendments.
The meeting was adjourned.
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