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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
Electoral Commission
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

Portfolio Committees
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.

Select Committees
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.

Internal Committees
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.

Joint Committees
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.

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23 May 2017 Department of Home Affairs on its 4th Quarter performance & Budget
16 May 2017 Committee Report on Department of Home Affairs Budget, with Minister present
09 May 2017 Government Printing Works on its Annual Performance Plan, with Minister
02 May 2017 Electoral Commission (IEC) on its Annual Performance Plan & 2016 Local Government Elections
14 Mar 2017 Department of Home Affairs on its 2017/18 Annual Performance Plan
08 Mar 2017 Refugees Amendment Bill [B12B-2016]: voting, with Deputy Minister
07 Mar 2017 Refugees Amendment Bill; Border Management Authority Bill: adoption, with Deputy Minister
28 Feb 2017 Refugees Amendment Bill; Border Management Authority Bill: deliberations, with Deputy Minister
21 Feb 2017 Refugees Amendment Bill: Department responses to submissions, with Deputy Minister
14 Feb 2017 International Migration Policy Green/White Paper; Refugees Amendment Bill submissions summary
31 Jan 2017 Home Affairs Quarter 2 & 3 performance; National Treasury on funding pressure in DHA
24 Jan 2017 Refugees Amendment Bill [B12-2016]: public hearings
06 Dec 2016 Department of Home Affairs Annual Report 2015/16: Auditor-General and Department's briefings: Minister and Deputy Minister present
29 Nov 2016 Congolese Community of South Africa submission; Border Management Amendment Bill: consideration; 2017 Programme
08 Mar 2017 ATC170308: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report on the Performance of the Department of Home Affairs for 2015/16 Financial Year, dated 1 March 2017
08 Mar 2017 ATC170308: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill [B12-2016] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 8 March 2017
07 Mar 2017 ATC170307: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Border Management Authority Bill [B9-2016] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 7 March 2017
21 Feb 2017 ATC170221: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Public Hearings on the Refugeees Amendment Bill [B12-2016], dated 21 February 2017
21 Feb 2017 ATC170221: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Second and Third Term Expenditure and Performance Reports for 2016/20167 dated-21 February 2017
19 Apr 2016 ATC160419: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 5 of the Department of Home Affairs, dated 19 April 2016
17 Mar 2016 ATC160317: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the introduction of the Immigration Amendment Bill [B5 – 2016], dated 15 March 2016
15 Mar 2016 ATC160315: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Filling of a Vacancy in the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), dated 15 March 2016
16 Feb 2016 ATC160216: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in terms of National Assembly Rule 239(3), dated 16 February 2016
18 Nov 2015 ATC151118: Submission of a Legislative Proposal: Memorandum in terms of rule 238 of the rules of the National Assembly by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, dated 18 November 2015
29 Oct 2015 ATC151029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Amendment Bill [B 22 – 2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 29 October 2015
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report- 2014/15 Financial Year, dated 27 October 2015
08 Sep 2015 ATC150908: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the petition for 12-month suspension of certain immigration provisions to conduct regulatory impact assessment, submitted in terms of National Assembly Rule 312 (Mr. J Vos), dated 8 September 2015.
20 Aug 2015 ATC150820: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the oversight visit to the Northern Cape Province, dated 18 August 2015
19 Aug 2015 ATC150819: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the filling of a vacancy in the Electoral Commission, dated 19 August 2015
04 Aug 2015 ATC150804: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill [B19 - 2015], dated 4 August 2015.
20 May 2015 ATC150520: Submission of a Legislative Proposal: Memorandum in terms of Rule 238 of the Rules of the National Assembly by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, dated 19 May 2015
13 May 2015 ATC150513: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on oversight visit to Gauteng Province, dated 12 May 2015.
22 Apr 2015 ATC150422: Report of the Portfolio Committee On Home Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 5 of the Department of Home Affairs, dated 21 April 2015
24 Feb 2015 Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the nomination of an Electoral Commissioner, dated 24 February 2015
23 Oct 2014 ATC141027: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the performance of the Department of Home Affairs and its entities for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 23 October 2014
16 Sep 2014 ATC140917: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on an oversight visit to the Office of the Department of Home Affairs in Barrack Street, Cape Town, dated 16 September 2014
04 Sep 2014 ATC140904: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Order of the Constitutional Court, Case Number CCT 116/14 and the Judgment and Recommendation of the Electoral Court of South Africa, Case Number EC 05/14, dated 4 September 2014
29 Jul 2014 ATC140910: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs (the Committee) on an Induction Workshop held on 29 July 2014, dated 9 September 2014
08 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Home Affairs, dated 8 July 2014
11 Mar 2014 ATC140327: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 11 March 2014.
11 Mar 2014 ATC140327: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 11 March 2014.
22 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Performance of the Department of Home Affairs for the 2012/13 Financial Year, dated 22 October 2013
18 Sep 2013 ATC130918: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Electoral Amendment Bill [B22 – 2013] (National Assembly – section 75), dated 18 September 2013
30 Jul 2013 ATC130730: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Electoral Amendment Bill [PMB 2 - 2013], dated 30 July 2013
30 Apr 2013 ATC130503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Home Affairs and its Entities, dated 30 April 2013
31 Oct 2012 ATC121102: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Performance of the Department of Home Affairs for the 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 31 October 2012
07 Aug 2012 ATC120814: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the study tour to the Russian Federation, dated 7 August 2012
24 Apr 2012 ATC120424: Report on Annual Performance Plan and  Budget Vote 4
21 Jun 2011 ATC110621: Report on Immigration Amendment Bill [B 32B – 2010]
21 Jun 2011 ATC110621: Report on Refugees Amendment Bill [B 30 B– 2010]
28 Apr 2011 ATC110428: Report on Nomination of a judge to serve on the Electoral Commission
29 Mar 2011 ATC110329: Report on Strategic Plan and Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Home Affairs and Entities
16 Nov 2010 ATC101116: Report on Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Bill [B18B-2010]
16 Nov 2010 ATC101116: Report on Refugees Amendment Bill [B 30 – 2010]
12 Nov 2010 ATC101112: Report on South African Citizenship Amendment Bill [B 17B - 2010]
13 Apr 2010 ATC100413: Report on Budget Vote 4 and Strategic plan 2010– 2012 of the Department of Home Affairs
23 Mar 2010 ATC100323: Report on Strategic Plan & Budget Vote 4 of the Department of Home Affairs & its Entities
10 Nov 2009 ATC091110: Report on Agreement between the Government of RSA & Government of Kingdom of Lesotho on the Facilitation of Cross-Border Movement of Citizens of the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho
18 Feb 2009 ATC090218: Report on Films and Publications Amendment Bill
22 Oct 2008 ATC081022: Report on Financial Statements of Vote 4 – 2007-2008
21 Oct 2008 ATC081021: Report on “Who Am I Online” project
26 Aug 2008 ATC080826: Report on Refugees Amendment Bill
01 Aug 2008 ATC080801: Report on Films and Publications Amendment Bill
04 Jun 2008 ATC080604: Report on Refugees Amendment Bill
Report: Immigration Amendment Bill [B 32 – 2010]
20 Apr 2017 NW578 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi
20 Apr 2017 NW730 by Mr A M Figlan
20 Apr 2017 NW923 by Dr A Lotriet
18 Apr 2017 NW729 by Mr A M Figlan
18 Apr 2017 NW728 by Mr A M Figlan
03 Apr 2017 NW644 by Mr K P Robertson
03 Apr 2017 NW454 by Ms H Bucwa
03 Apr 2017 NW691 by Mr H B Groenewald
24 Mar 2017 NW572 by Mr R W T Chance
14 Mar 2017 NW358 by Mr B R Topham
14 Mar 2017 NW269 by Mr M H Hoosen
09 Mar 2017 NW267 by Mr M H Hoosen
09 Mar 2017 NW268 by Mr M H Hoosen
05 Dec 2016 NW2649 by Mr M H Hoosen
28 Nov 2016 NW2516 by Mr C D Matsepe
28 Nov 2016 NW2517 by Mr D W Macpherson
23 Nov 2016 NW2510 by Prof B Bozzoli
15 Nov 2016 NW2359 by Mr M Waters
09 Nov 2016 NW2256 by Mr M Waters
09 Nov 2016 NW2297 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi
09 Nov 2016 NW2284 by Ms V van Dyk
09 Nov 2016 NW2331 by Mr A M Figlan
09 Nov 2016 NW2004 by Mr S Esau
09 Nov 2016 NW2360 by Mr M Waters
31 Oct 2016 NW2146 by Mr M H Hoosen
28 Oct 2016 NW2141 by Mr D W Macpherson
28 Oct 2016 NW2140 by Mr D W Macpherson
17 Oct 2016 NW1899 by Mr J Selfe
13 Oct 2016 NW1980 by Mr J Vos
11 Oct 2016 NW1978 by Mr M H Hoosen
11 Oct 2016 NW1900 by Mr M H Hoosen
11 Oct 2016 NW2023 by Mr D Bergman
11 Oct 2016 NW2093 by Mr G Mackay
06 Oct 2016 NW1978 by Mr M H Hoosen
06 Oct 2016 NW2023 by Mr D Bergman
06 Oct 2016 NW1755 by Dr C P Mulder
06 Oct 2016 NW2058 by Mr H B Groenewald
23 Sep 2016 NW1807 by Mr M H Hoosen
05 Sep 2016 NW1677 by Mr M H Hoosen
05 Sep 2016 NW1646 by Mrs C Dudley
29 Jun 2016 NW1476 by Mr M H Hoosen
06 Jun 2016 NW935 by Mr B M Bhanga
06 Jun 2016 NW1547 by Mr T Z Hadebe
02 Jun 2016 NW1512 by Mrs Z B N Balindlela
01 Jun 2016 NW1175 by Mr M H Hoosen
30 May 2016 NW1265 by Mr M H Hoosen
26 May 2016 NW1382 by Mr M H Hoosen
24 May 2016 NW1395 by B R TOPHAM
10 May 2016 NW1217 by Ms V van Dyk
03 May 2016 NW976 by Mr A M Figlan

All questions to the Minister

Attendance

2017 12 meetings Attendance rate 62%
2016 24 meetings 57%
2015 21 meetings 58%
2014 12 meetings 70%
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Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Eddie Mathonsi

Tel: 021 403 3826

Cell: 083 709 8523

Email: emathonsi@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Xolelwa Mabindisa

Tel: 021 403 2423

Email: xmabindsa@parliament.gov.za

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