Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 11 March 2014.
Oversight responsibility of Home Affairs Portfolio Committee
The Home Affairs Portfolio Committee is Responsible for the oversight of the Department of Home Affairs as well as the following statutory entities:
Film and Publication Board
Government Printing Works
THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)
The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).
Working in Committees allows Parliament to:
Increase the amount of work that can be done Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.
Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.
The different committees have one or more of the following functions:
They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions They consider international treaties and agreements They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.
THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.
The role of Portfolio Committees is to:
consider Bills, deal with departmental budget votes, oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.
The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.
Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.
Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.
Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.
Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.
The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.
Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.
The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.
Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.
The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.
The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.
|NW2683 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (a) What number of applications for (i) passport, ...|
|NW2485 by Mr D W Macpherson - (a) Which Home Affairs offices are (i) designated ...|
|NW2567 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...|
|NW2516 by Mr M H Hoosen - What amount did (a) his department and (b) each ...|
|NW2530 by Ms C King - Is the information and communication technology ...|
|NW2230 by Mr A M Figlan - (1)Whether he has put any plans in place to ...|
|NW2431 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...|
|NW2246 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Whether, with reference to his reply to ...|
|NW2252 by Mr J Vos - With regard to his announcement to include the ...|
|NW1993 by Mr M Waters - Whether, with reference to the reply to question ...|
|NW1821 by Mr S Esau - (1)Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...|
|NW896 by Mr M Waters - (a) Who took the decision to appeal the report by ...|
|NW2132 by Mrs A M Dreyer - With regard to his reply to question 895 on 17 ...|
|NW2128 by Mr M Waters - (1) With regard to his reply to question 839 on ...|
|NW1862 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1970 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)What number of rejected asylum applications ...|
|NW1971 by Mr M H Hoosen - What (a) are the minimum educational and ...|
|NW2002 by Mr M W RABOTAPI - Whether the Independent Electoral Commission has ...|
|NW2021 by Ms NW A MAZZONE - What are the details of the (a) number of ...|
|NW1913 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...|
|NW1901 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)Whether all members of the senior management ...|
|NW1769 by Mr A M Figlan - (a)What number of legal cases were initiated ...|
|NW1766 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)(a) What number of Refugee Status ...|
|NW1767 by Mr M H Hoosen - 1)(a) What number of (i) Refugee Appeal Boards ...|
|NW1652 by Mr D J Stubbe - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...|
|NW1425 by Mr D J Maynier - Whether, with reference to the Minister of ...|
|NW1777 by Mr M Waters - (1)Whether (a) public servants and their families ...|
|NW1768 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)(a) What number of (i) Standing Committees for ...|
|NW1631 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)What additional steps are in place to ...|
|NW1697 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)(a) What total amount of land owned by his ...|
|NW1593 by Mr M H H Hoosen - What (a) number of applications for refugee ...|
|NW1427 by Mr D W Macpherson - (1)With reference to the Minister of Trade and ...|
|NW1417 by Mr A M Figlan - (1)(a) What number of offices has his department ...|
|NW1416 by Mr A M Figlan - What are the details of all steps taken by his ...|
|NW1415 by Mr A M Figlan - Whether he has found that his department will ...|
|NW1358 by Mr M Waters - With regard to the presentation by the Electoral ...|
|NW1069 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)What are the details of the permits of ...|
|NW1361 by Mrs Dreyer - With regard to the court order that has been ...|
|NW1360 by Mrs Dreyer - What number of foreign nationals (a) entered ...|
|NW1359 by Mrs Dreyer - (1)With reference to the reply to question 105 on ...|
|NW1357 by Mr M Waters - With regard to the presentation by the Electoral ...|
|NW1303 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (a) What is the total number of instances that ...|
|NW1143 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Have certain persons (names and details ...|
|NW1142 by Mr M H Hoosen - Has the Independent Electoral Commission awarded ...|
|NW1056 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)What number of South Africans emigrated (a) in ...|
|NW1145 by Mr A M Figlan - (1) Has his department complied fully with the ...|
|NW1274 by Mr M Waters - Whether the Electoral Commission of South Africa ...|
|NW1301 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - With reference to the reply to question 744 on 18 ...|
|NW1275 by Mr M Waters - Whether, with regard to section 7 of the ...|
|NW1087 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...|
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Electoral Laws Amendment Bill||12 Oct 2018||B33-2018||Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.|
|Electoral Amendment Bill - Mr M Waters (DA)||12 Jul 2018||B24-2018||Rejected|
|Immigration Amendment Draft Bill||05 Jun 2018||X-2018|
|Civil Union Amendment Bill - Ms D Carter (COPE)||15 May 2018||B11-2018||Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.|
|Refugees Amendment Bill||16 Sep 2016||B12-2016||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Border Management Authority Bill||24 May 2016||B9-2016||Under consideration by the National Council of Provinces.|
|Immigration Amendment Bill||17 Mar 2016||B5-2016||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Immigration Amendment Bill||11 Dec 2015||X-2015|
|Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill||02 Sep 2015||B22-2015||Act commenced|
|Refugees Amendment Bill||04 Aug 2015||B19-2015||Act commenced|
|Refugees Amendment Draft Bill||19 Jun 2015||X-2015|
|Electoral Amendment Bill||24 Jul 2013||B22-2013||Act commenced|
|Immigration Amendment Bill||01 Oct 2010||B32-2010||Act commenced|
|Refugees Amendment Bill||13 Sep 2010||B30-2010||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill||20 Aug 2010||B27-2010||Act commenced|
|2010 South African Citizenship Amendment Bill||15 Jul 2010||B17-2010||Act commenced|
|Births And Deaths Registration Amendment Bill||15 Jul 2010||B18-2010||Act commenced|
|Civil Union Bill||12 Sep 2009||B26-2006||Act commenced|
|Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment Bill||10 Sep 2009||B12-2009||Act commenced|
|Refugees Amendment Bill||13 Mar 2008||B11-2008||The bill has been signed into law.|
|Immigration Amendment Bill||13 Sep 2006||B28-2006||Act commenced|
|Films and Publications Amendment Bill||14 Jun 2006||B27-2006||Act commenced|
|Electoral Amendment Bill - Mr J Selfe (DA)||PMB2-2013||Withdrawn|
AttendanceRanked 12 out of 37 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 3826
Cell: 083 709 8523 / 084 630 1992
Secretary To Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 2423
Cell: 083 709 8475