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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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17 Oct 2017 Home Affairs Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report; Committee Report on Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape oversight; Memorandum in support of migrants and Refugees from Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town
10 Oct 2017 Home Affairs & entities Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report
05 Oct 2017 IEC & Government Printing Works 2016/17 Annual Report
03 Oct 2017 Home Affairs, IEC, Government Printing Works Annual Report & Auditor-General input
05 Sep 2017 Gupta family early naturalisation; Home Affairs, Government Printing Works & IEC on Quarter 1 performance, with Deputy Minister
22 Aug 2017 Gupta Early Naturalisation; North West, Mpumalanga & KZN Home Affairs reports; with Minister
15 Aug 2017 Eastern, Northern & Western Cape Home Affairs reports with Minister; Gupta citizenship meeting proposal
27 Jun 2017 Gupta family naturalisation
20 Jun 2017 Naturalisation of Guptas; Home Affairs network problems; Mbombela office closure
13 Jun 2017 White Paper on International Migration, with Minister present
30 May 2017 Department of Home Affairs funding pressures: National Treasury briefing; with Minister present
23 May 2017 Department of Home Affairs on its Quarter 4 performance, with Minister and Deputy Minister
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
16 May 2017 ATC170516: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote 5 of the Department of Home Affairs, Dated 16 May 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
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
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 Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Second and Third Term Expenditure and Performance Reports for 2016/20167 dated-21 February 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
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]
06 Oct 2017 NW2368 by Adv A de W Alberts - (a) On which date permanent residence in the ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2885 by Mr A M Figlan - What is the detailed (a) breakdown of and (b) ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2812 by Mr J Vos - (1)By what date will e-visas be implemented as a ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2801 by Mr M S Mabika - (1)Whether the Mbazwana Thusong Centre is ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2634 by Ms S V Kalyan - Whether an official from her department was ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2633 by Ms S V Kalyan - Was notice of an RSA05 clearance for the flight ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2628 by Ms B S Masango - (1)By which date will her department’s newly ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2627 by Mr A M Figlan - What are the relevant details of the measures ...
06 Oct 2017 NW2578 by Ms H O Hlophe - When are the application dates (a) opening and ...
27 Sep 2017 NW2699 by Mr R A Lees - (a) What is the total amount of funding that the ...
20 Sep 2017 NW1869 by N Paulsen - With reference to persons who did not have ...
06 Sep 2017 NW2310 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Whether the movement control system that ...
28 Aug 2017 NW2315 by Mr M W Rabotapi - With reference to his reply to question 1758 on ...
25 Aug 2017 NW2074 by Ms H O Hlophe - Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any ...
25 Aug 2017 NW2310 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Whether the movement control system that ...
17 Aug 2017 NW2207 by Mr M Waters - When will SA citizens who have been legally ...
17 Aug 2017 NW2129 by Mr M H Hoosen - Whether, with reference to the reply to question ...
17 Aug 2017 NW2128 by Ms C King - (a) What is the reason for the closure of her ...
11 Aug 2017 NW2021 by Ms B S Masango - (1)(a) In how many events of the Integrated ...
11 Aug 2017 NW1988 by Ms H O Hlophe - What is the total number of Chinese nationals who ...
11 Aug 2017 NW2028 by Mr M H Hoosen - What number of (a) applications for South African ...
11 Aug 2017 NW2027 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)(a) What number of persons were granted South ...
13 Jul 2017 NW1869 by Mr N Paulsen - With reference to persons who did not have ...
10 Jul 2017 NW1524 by Mr A M Figlan - Whether she has found that a certain company ...
21 Jun 2017 NW1527 by MR J VOS - (a) What is the total number of applications for ...
21 Jun 2017 NW1525 by Mr A M Figlan - Whether there are any aspects of the approved ...
21 Jun 2017 NW1490 by Mr T R Majola - Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity ...
21 Jun 2017 NW1445 by Mr M Waters - (1)What are the reasons that South African ...
21 Jun 2017 NW1446 by Mr M Waters - (1)Whether any South African citizens have lost ...
21 Jun 2017 NW1529 by Mr M H Hoosen - What are the reasons for the delays in the ...
13 Jun 2017 NW1526 by Mr A M Figlan - Whether steps have been taken to address the ...
13 Jun 2017 NW1528 by MR J VOS - With reference to the lifting of the moratorium ...
05 Jun 2017 NW1088 by Ms D Carter - (1)Has she and/or her department decided what ...
05 Jun 2017 NW1269 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Whether her department has ever awarded any ...
05 Jun 2017 NW1222 by Mr S Mokgalapa - Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity ...
05 Jun 2017 NW1105 by Mr C MacKenzie - What (a) amount was spent by her department on ...
05 Jun 2017 NW1090 by Ms D Carter - (1)What is the total number of designated ...
05 Jun 2017 NW1087 by Ms H O Hlophe - Whether her department awarded any tender to ...
20 Apr 2017 NW923 by Dr A Lotriet - (1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief ...
20 Apr 2017 NW578 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi - (1)Whether he shared an image of a certain letter ...
20 Apr 2017 NW730 by Mr A M Figlan - In view of the indication from the National ...
18 Apr 2017 NW728 by Mr A M Figlan - With the range of increased security measures ...
18 Apr 2017 NW729 by Mr A M Figlan - Given the imperative to move towards liberalising ...
03 Apr 2017 NW454 by Ms H Bucwa - Whether his department procured any services from ...
03 Apr 2017 NW644 by Mr K P Robertson - With respect to children who are affected by the ...
03 Apr 2017 NW691 by Mr H B Groenewald - (1)Did (a) his department or (b) any entity ...
24 Mar 2017 NW572 by Mr R W T Chance - (1)(a) What is the total amount of business visas ...
14 Mar 2017 NW269 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1) How many Syrian Arab Republic nationals have ...
14 Mar 2017 NW358 by Mr B R Topham - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and ...
09 Mar 2017 NW267 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)With reference to his reply to question 2649 ...

All questions to the Minister

2017 22 meetings Attendance rate 68%
2016 24 meetings 57%
2015 21 meetings 58%
2014 12 meetings 70%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

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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