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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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13 Nov 2018 Civil Union Bill: public comment; Electoral Amendment Bill: motion of desirability, SADC dignitaries incident; VFS contract
06 Nov 2018 Fireblade Terminal Operations: Minister and Department briefing
06 Nov 2018 Civil Union Amendment Bill: briefing on public comments; Electoral Amendment Bill [B24-2018]: motion of desirability
30 Oct 2018 Fireblade Aviation at OR Tambo Airport; Electoral Amendment Bill: adoption
23 Oct 2018 Electoral Laws Amendment Bill: briefing; Electoral Amendment Bill: MP briefing; Immigration Amendment Bill: consideration
16 Oct 2018 Home Affairs Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR): briefing
11 Oct 2018 Home Affairs, IEC, GPW 2017/18 Annual Reports & AGSA input, with Minister & Deputy Minister
09 Oct 2018 Gupta Family Naturalisation: Parliamentary Inquiry
13 Sep 2018 Gupta Naturalisation Parliamentary Inquiry day 2; with Minister
12 Sep 2018 Gupta Naturalisation Parliamentary Inquiry day 1; with the Deputy Minister
11 Sep 2018 Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office challenges: Minister & Deputy Minister, SAPS & Tshwane Metro Police briefing; Gupta Naturalisation Inquiry: preparation
04 Sep 2018 Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office challenges, with Deputy Minister; Gupta Naturalisation Inquiry preparations
28 Aug 2018 Immigration Amendment Bill: response to submissions; Civil Union Amendment Bill; Refugee Centres opening delays; Statelessness; IEC Commissioners
21 Aug 2018 Electoral Commission appointment process (postponed)
16 Aug 2018 Immigration Amendment Bill: public hearings
15 Aug 2018 Civil Union Bill [B11-2018]: briefing; discussion on Gupta early naturalisation
14 Aug 2018 SITA on Home Affairs Power Outage; Home Affairs Quarter 4 Performance; Naturalisation of Gupta family; with Deputy Minister
30 May 2018 Immigration Draft Bill; Gupta early naturalisation; Election of Chairperson
29 May 2018 2019 Elections: IEC preparedness; Immigration Amendment Bill; Gupta early naturalisation
28 Aug 2018 ATC180828: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Filling of a Vacancy in the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), dated 28 August 2018
08 May 2018 ATC180508: Submission of a Legislative proposal: memorandum in terms of Rule 273 of the Rules of the National Assembly by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, dated 8 May 2018
24 Apr 2018 ATC180424: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Annual Performance Plans and Budget Vote 5 of the Department of Home Affairs Dated 24 April 2018
23 Nov 2017 ATC171123: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill [B12B - 2016] (National Assembly – Section 75), dated 23 November 2017
17 Oct 2017 ATC171017: Report of the Oversight Visit by the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs to Eastern Cape Province, dated 17 October 2017
17 Oct 2017 ATC171017: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report on the Performance of the Department of Home Affairs 2017, Dated, 17 October 2017
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]
05 Oct 2018 NW2683 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (a) What number of applications for (i) passport, ...
18 Sep 2018 NW2485 by Mr D W Macpherson - (a) Which Home Affairs offices are (i) designated ...
18 Sep 2018 NW2567 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...
18 Sep 2018 NW2516 by Mr M H Hoosen - What amount did (a) his department and (b) each ...
11 Sep 2018 NW2530 by Ms C King - Is the information and communication technology ...
10 Sep 2018 NW2230 by Mr A M Figlan - (1)Whether he has put any plans in place to ...
10 Sep 2018 NW2431 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...
05 Sep 2018 NW2246 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Whether, with reference to his reply to ...
27 Aug 2018 NW2252 by Mr J Vos - With regard to his announcement to include the ...
17 Jul 2018 NW1993 by Mr M Waters - Whether, with reference to the reply to question ...
16 Jul 2018 NW1821 by Mr S Esau - (1)Whether (a) his spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
10 Jul 2018 NW896 by Mr M Waters - (a) Who took the decision to appeal the report by ...
06 Jul 2018 NW2132 by Mrs A M Dreyer - With regard to his reply to question 895 on 17 ...
06 Jul 2018 NW2128 by Mr M Waters - (1) With regard to his reply to question 839 on ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1862 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1970 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)What number of rejected asylum applications ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1971 by Mr M H Hoosen - What (a) are the minimum educational and ...
27 Jun 2018 NW2002 by Mr M W RABOTAPI - Whether the Independent Electoral Commission has ...
27 Jun 2018 NW2021 by Ms NW A MAZZONE - What are the details of the (a) number of ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1913 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1901 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)Whether all members of the senior management ...
27 Jun 2018 NW1769 by Mr A M Figlan - (a)What number of legal cases were initiated ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1766 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)(a) What number of Refugee Status ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1767 by Mr M H Hoosen - 1)(a) What number of (i) Refugee Appeal Boards ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1652 by Mr D J Stubbe - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
14 Jun 2018 NW1425 by Mr D J Maynier - Whether, with reference to the Minister of ...
08 Jun 2018 NW1777 by Mr M Waters - (1)Whether (a) public servants and their families ...
08 Jun 2018 NW1768 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)(a) What number of (i) Standing Committees for ...
08 Jun 2018 NW1631 by Mrs A M Dreyer - (1)What additional steps are in place to ...
06 Jun 2018 NW1697 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)(a) What total amount of land owned by his ...
06 Jun 2018 NW1593 by Mr M H H Hoosen - What (a) number of applications for refugee ...
04 Jun 2018 NW1427 by Mr D W Macpherson - (1)With reference to the Minister of Trade and ...
04 Jun 2018 NW1417 by Mr A M Figlan - (1)(a) What number of offices has his department ...
25 May 2018 NW1416 by Mr A M Figlan - What are the details of all steps taken by his ...
25 May 2018 NW1415 by Mr A M Figlan - Whether he has found that his department will ...
25 May 2018 NW1358 by Mr M Waters - With regard to the presentation by the Electoral ...
22 May 2018 NW1069 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (1)What are the details of the permits of ...
22 May 2018 NW1361 by Mrs Dreyer - With regard to the court order that has been ...
22 May 2018 NW1360 by Mrs Dreyer - What number of foreign nationals (a) entered ...
22 May 2018 NW1359 by Mrs Dreyer - (1)With reference to the reply to question 105 on ...
22 May 2018 NW1357 by Mr M Waters - With regard to the presentation by the Electoral ...
22 May 2018 NW1303 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - (a) What is the total number of instances that ...
22 May 2018 NW1143 by Mr M H Hoosen - (1)Have certain persons (names and details ...
22 May 2018 NW1142 by Mr M H Hoosen - Has the Independent Electoral Commission awarded ...
16 May 2018 NW1056 by Dr C P Mulder - (1)What number of South Africans emigrated (a) in ...
14 May 2018 NW1145 by Mr A M Figlan - (1) Has his department complied fully with the ...
14 May 2018 NW1274 by Mr M Waters - Whether the Electoral Commission of South Africa ...
14 May 2018 NW1301 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - With reference to the reply to question 744 on 18 ...
14 May 2018 NW1275 by Mr M Waters - Whether, with regard to section 7 of the ...
14 May 2018 NW1087 by Mrs H O Mkhaliphi - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Electoral Laws Amendment Bill 12 Oct 2018 B33-2018 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
Electoral Amendment Bill - Mr M Waters (DA) 12 Jul 2018 B24-2018 Under consideration by the National Assembly.
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 Assembly.
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
2018 27 meetings Attendance rate 88%
2017 28 meetings 72%
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 / 084 630 1992

Email: emathonsi@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:

Xolelwa Mabindisa

Tel: 021 403 2423

Email: xmabindisa@parliament.gov.za

Cell: 083 709 8475

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