Oversight responsibility of Home Affairs Portfolio Committee
The Home Affairs Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Home Affairs as well as the following statutory entities:
Committees conduct their business on behalf of the House and report back on matters referred to them.
Learn more about the work of this Committee: Legacy Reports
The role and functions of Committees in Parliament (provided by Parliament)
In accordance with the powers given to it by the Constitution, the National Assembly establishes a range of committees with assigned powers and functions. The committees are required to report regularly on their activities and to make recommendations to the House for debate and decision. A large part of the Assembly’s role in the law‑making process happens in committees and much of its oversight over the executive is also done through committees, particularly the portfolio committees.
There is a portfolio committee for each corresponding government department. The composition of the committees reflects, as far as is practicable, the numerical strengths of the parties represented in the Assembly. That committee will deliberate on bills covering that department’s area of jurisdiction and scrutinise and report on its annual budget and strategic plan. As the people’s representatives, members of the committees determine whether government departments are delivering on what they promised and whether they are spending the public money they receive in a responsible manner. As part of their oversight work, committees may also do site visits where they find out directly from the people at ground level whether the government is delivering on its promises.
If a committee reports on a matter and makes certain recommendations, that report will be debated in a full sitting or plenary to give other members of the House an opportunity to engage with the content of the report. Once the report has been debated, the House decides whether to adopt the committee’s recommendations. The House may also decide only to note the report or it may refer the report back to the committee with an instruction to do further work
Broadly speaking, the mandates of Committees are to consider and process legislation referred to it; exercise oversight over the Department and entities reporting to it; consider international agreements referred to it; consider the budget vote of the Department and its entities; facilitate public participation in its processes; and to consider all other matters referred to it in terms of legislation and the Rules of Parliament
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
Rule 167 of the National Assembly Rules (9th Edition) say that for the purposes of performing its functions committee may, subject to the Constitution, legislation, the other provisions of these rules and resolutions of the Assembly –
-Summon any person to appear before it to give evidence on oath or affirmation, or to produce documents
-Receive petitions, representations or submissions from interested persons or institutions
-Permit oral evidence on petitions, representations, submissions and any other matter before the committee
-Conduct public hearings
-Consult any Assembly or Council committee or subcommittee, or any joint committee or subcommittee
-Determine its own working arrangements
-Meet at a venue determined by it, which may be a venue beyond the seat of Parliament
-Meet on any and at any time, including –
- On a day which is not a working day
- On a day on which the Assembly is not sitting
- At a time when the Assembly is not sitting, or
- During a recess
-Exercise any other powers assigned to it by the Constitution, legislation, the other provisions of these rules or resolutions of the Assembly
Committee membership is distributed among the parties roughly in proportion to the seats they get in Parliament, so if a party wins 20% of the seats, its MPs will occupy about 20% of committee positions.
The NA Rules Committee agreed that all Committees will be comprised of 11 Members: ANC – 6; DA – 2; EFF – 1; other parties – 2.
Where it is practicably possible, each party is entitled to at least one representative in a Committee.
Committees in Practice
With the agreement of members, the Committee staff sets the dates and times of committee meetings. The frequency of committee meetings is determined by a committee’s work programme but it is normal for a committee to meet weekly. From time to time, committees can meet more than once a week if they work programme so demands.
Section 59(1)(b) of the Constitution requires that the National Assembly and it’s committees conduct their business in an open manner and hold their sittings in public. Section 59(2) states that the National Assembly may not exclude the public or the media unless it is ‘reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society’. Rule 184(2) of the Rules of the National Assembly further require that any decision to exclude the public from a committee meeting or part thereof must be taken ‘after due consideration’ by that committee
Who attends Committee Meetings?:
MPs (those assigned to the committee and if they so wish, any other MP)
Committee Staff: Committee Secretary, Committee Assistant, Researcher, Content Advisor
Departments, entities, organizations, individuals and experts who are invited by the Committee to speak and be questioned
Parliamentary Legal Advisor (from time to time)
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 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.
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. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters 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 also has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules. There are structures to deal with support for Members, internal arrangements, disciplinary matters and powers and privileges of members. 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.
There are six Joint Committees:
- Constitutional Review Committee
- Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence
- Joint Standing Committee on Defence
- Committee on Multi-Party Women’s Caucus
- Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament
- Joint Standing Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests
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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|NW1026 by Mrs G Opperman - (a) At what Covid-19 alert level will...|
|NW938 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1) (a) What number of illegal migrants were...|
|NW187 by Ms S J Graham - Whether there is an official rural strategy...|
|NW907 by Mr V Zungula - Whether, with reference to the unemployment...|
|NW812 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1)What is the unit price of the personal...|
|NW801 by Mr M G E Hendricks - What prevents the Government from (a)...|
|NW640 by Mrs L F Tito - Whether the programme to check the number of...|
|NW517 by Mr M G E Hendricks - Whether, in light of the coronavirus pandemic...|
|NW711 by Mrs C C S Motsepe - (1)(a) What are the reasons his department is...|
|NW713 by Mrs L F Tito - How does his department intend to protect...|
|NW811 by Ms L L van der Merwe - (1) What number of temporary asylum-seeker...|
|NW813 by Ms L L van der Merwe - 1. Whether he has been informed that persons...|
|NW872 by Mr L J Basson - (1) Whether his department will offer any form...|
|NW205 by Mrs L F Tinto - What has his department done to resolve the...|
|NW300 by Ms L L Van Der Merwe - What was the (a) the financial contribution of...|
|NW287 by Dr S S Thembekwayo - Whether his department has any plans in place...|
|NW202 by Ms L L van der Merwe - What number of section 22 permits and/or...|
|NW230 by A C Roos - what (a) total number of calls to the Home...|
|NW229 by Mr A C Roos - What (a)(i) has been done in the Umgeni Road...|
|NW188 by Ms S J Graham - (1)With reference to his reply to question 381...|
|NW1588 by MS L L Van Der Merwe - (a) What number of applications for asylum...|
|NW1730 by Mr J J McGluwa - Whether he intends to revise the tariffs...|
|NW1717 by Mr A C Roos - With reference to the Home Affairs Office in...|
|NW1627 by Mrs M O Clarke - Whether his department and metropolitan...|
|NW1648 by Mr A C Roos - Whether his department is committed to meeting...|
|NW1456 by Mr A C Roos - Whether, with reference to the reply to...|
|NW1393 by Ms L L van der Merwe - What (a) number of citizens from (i) China,...|
|NW1056 by Mr M G E Hendricks - (1)Whether he has been informed of the backlog...|
|NW1695 by Ms N K Sharif - What measures is his department taking to...|
|NW1635 by Dr M M Gondwe - How will his department ensure the seamless...|
|NW1561 by Dr M M Gondwe - What measures has his department put in place...|
|NW1531 by Mrs G Opperman - (1)Since the Republic is in dire need of...|
|NW1586 by MS L L Van Der Merwe - (a) What number of foreign nationals and/or...|
|NW1365 by Mr C Brink - Whether his department did business with...|
|NW1252 by Ms A T Khanyile - (1)What (a) is the current vacancy rate at his...|
|NW1256 by Mrs S J Graham - (a) Why has the gender of a certain person...|
|NW1257 by Mrs S J Graham - (a) What are the reasons that his department...|
|NW1254 by Ms A T Khanyile - What was the average turnaround time of his...|
|NW1196 by Mr A C Roos - In light of the Foreign Mission Observation...|
|NW1628 by MS M O Clarke - What (a) are the reasons that no mobile units...|
|NW1505 by Mr N Singh - (1)Whether his department has offices in the...|
|NW1305 by Mr D Bergman - (1) What number of asylum seekers who are...|
|NW1253 by Ms A T Khanyile - What is the (a) extent of the current backlog...|
|NW1587 by MS L L Van Der Merwe (IFP)) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs - What number of applications by foreign...|
|NW1292 by Mr A C Roos - (1)With regard to High Court review...|
|NW1197 by Mr A C Roos - (1)With regard to litigation against his...|
|NW1310 by Mrs G Opperman - Whether his department has put any measures in...|
|NW1084 by A C ROOS - With regard to case number 77944/2016 in the...|
|NW981 by Mr A C Roos - What are the details of the (a) progress of...|
|Bill name||Date introduced||Number||Status|
|Electoral Laws Amendment Bill||12 Oct 2018||B33-2018||Act commenced|
|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||Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.|
|Refugees Amendment Bill||16 Sep 2016||B12-2016||Act commenced|
|Border Management Authority Bill||24 May 2016||B9-2016||Approved by Parliament. Waiting to be signed into law.|
|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||Act commenced|
|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|
|Refugees Amendment Bill||13 Mar 2008||B11-2008||Act commenced|
|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 25 out of 60 for NA
Secretary of Committee:
Tel: 021 403 3826
Cell: 083 709 8523 / 084 630 1992
Secretary To Chairperson:
Tel: 021 403 3125