Public Accounts (SCOPA)

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The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) considers:

  • financial statements of all executive organs of state and constitutional institutions or other public bodies when those statments are submitted to Parliament 
  • any audit reports issued on those statements
  • any reports issued by the Auditor-General on the affairs of any executive organ of state, constitutional institution or other public body
  • any other financial statements or reports referred to the committee in terms of the Rules of the National Assembly 

SCOPA may:

  • report on any of those financial statements or reports to the Assembly
  • initiate any investigation in its area of competence
  • perform any other functions, tasks or duties assigned to it in terms of the Constitution, legislation, Rules of the National Assembly, the Joint Rules or resolutions of the Assembly, including functions, tasks and duties concerning parliamentary financial oversight or supervision of executve organs of state, constitutional institutions or other public bodies 

 

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.

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

Powers

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

Functions

A portfolio committee must:

  • deal with Bills and other matters falling within its portfolio as are referred to in terms of the Constitution, legislation, National Assembly Rules, the Joint Rules or by resolution of the Assembly
  • must maintain oversight of-
    • the exercise within its portfolio of national executive authority, including the implementation of legislation,
    • any executive organ of state falling within its portfolio
    • any constitutional institution falling within its portfolio, and
    • any other body or institution in respect of which oversight was assigned to it
  • may monitor, investigate, enquire into and make recommendations concerning any such executive organ of state, constitutional institution or other body or institution, including the legislative programme, budget, rationalisation, restructuring, functioning, organisation, structure, staff and policies of such organ of state, institution or other body or institution
  • may consult and liaise with any executive organ of state or constitution institution, and
  • must perform any other functions, tasks or duties assigned to it in terms of the Constitution, legislation, these rules, the Joint Rules or resolutions of the Assembly, including functions, tasks and duties concerning parliamentary oversight or supervision of such executive organs of state, constitutional institutions or other bodies or institutions


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.

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.

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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16 Jul 2019 Municipal Audit Outcomes 2016/17: Auditor-General briefing
09 Jul 2019 Committee Legacy Report
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
13 Mar 2019 Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) Legacy Report
16 Aug 2017 ATC170816: Second Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure of the Departments of International Relation and Co-operation (DIRCO), Basic Education (DBE) and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), dated 16 August 2017
16 Aug 2017 ATC170816: First report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Sport and Recreation, dated 16 August 2017
09 Feb 2016 ATC160209: Third Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorized expenditure of the Department of Transport dated 03 February 2016
09 Feb 2016 ATC160209: First Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Home Affairs dated 03 February 2016
09 Feb 2016 ATC160209: Second Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Water Affairs dated 03 February 2016
18 Jun 2015 ATC150618: Sixth Report of The Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor General on the annual report and financial statements of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 20 May 2015.
18 Jun 2015 ATC150618: Sixth Report of The Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor General on the annual report and financial statements of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 20 May 2015.
18 Jun 2015 ATC150618: Seventh Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor General on the annual report and financial statements of the Department Military Veterans for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 20 May 2015
18 Jun 2015 ATC150618: Eighth Report of The Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor General on the annual report and financial statements of the Property Management Trading Entity for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 20 May 2015.
12 Mar 2015 ATC150312: First report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Presidency, dated 3 February
12 Mar 2015 ATC150303:Second report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Social Development, dated 03 February 2015
12 Mar 2015 ATC150312: Third report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Trade and Industry, dated 03 February 2015
12 Mar 2015 ATC150312: Fourth report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, dated 03 February 2015
07 Apr 2014 ATC140407: Committee on Public Accounts on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014)
06 Nov 2013 ATC131106: Sixth report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the Public Service Commission, dated 20 August  2013.
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Second report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the Department of Labour , dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Ninth report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the International Frontier Technologies (Interfront) SCO Ltd, dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Eleventh report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the South African Housing Fund, dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Fifth report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the South Africa Agency for Promotion of Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation (Pty) Ltd, dated 20 August 2013.
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Third report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of Auditor-General on the Annual Reports and Financial Statements of Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Tenth report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the National Agricultural Marketing Council, dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Seventh report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the Council for Mineral Technology (Mintek), dated 20 August 2013
20 Aug 2013 ATC131106: Fourth report of the committee on public accounts on the report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 financial statements of the Department of Correctional Services, dated 20 August 2013
12 Jun 2013 ATC131106: Eighth report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of the Auditor-General on the 2011/12 Financial Statements of the Energy Africa Rehabilitation , dated 12 June 2013
24 Apr 2013 ATC130520: First Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report ff Auditor-General on the Annual Reports and Financial Statements of National Treasury 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 24 April 2013.
19 Feb 2013 ATC130509: First Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the Report of Auditor-General on the Annual Reports and Financial Statements of National Treasury 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 19 February 2013.
18 Oct 2012 ATC130520: Second Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on its Oversight visits to the Provincial Departments of Education and Health in the Provinces of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Gauteng from 15-18 October 2012, dated 24 April 2013
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Annual Reports & Financial Statements of the Department of Public Works & the Property Management Trading Entity for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Auditor General of South Africa on the Performance Audit of the Infrastructure Delivery Process at Provincial Departments of Basic Education, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on The Auditor-General of South Africa on a Performance Audit of the Infrastructure Delivery Process at the Provincial Departments of Health, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report Annual Report & Financial Statements of the Department Rural Development & Land Reform & on the Report of the Auditor General for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Auditor General on the Annual Reports & Financial Statements of the Council for Medical Schemes for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Auditor-General of South Africa on the Performance Audit of the Infrastructure Delivery Process at Provincial Departments of Basic Education, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Independent Auditors on the Annual Reports & Financial Statements of the National Health Laboratory Services for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Annual Report & Financial Statements of the Road Traffic Management Corporation & the Report of the Auditor General for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 23 May 2012
23 May 2012 ATC120523: Report on Auditor General on the Annual Reports & Financial Statements of the Department of Health for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 23 May 2012
18 Apr 2012 ATC120418: Report on Auditor-General on the 2009/10 Financial Statements of Magalies Water, dated 18 April 2012
18 Apr 2012 ATC120418: Report on Independent Auditors on the 2009/10 Financial Statements of Bushbuckridge Water, dated 18 April 2012
18 Apr 2012 ATC120418: Report on Independent Auditors on the 2009/10 Financial Statements of Botshelo Water, dated 18 April 2012
18 Apr 2012 ATC129418: Report on Auditor-General on the 2010/11 Financial Statements of the Department of Correctional Services, dated 18 April 2012
18 Apr 2012 ATC120418: Report on Auditor-General On The 2010/11 Financial Statements Of The Department Of Cooperative Governance And Traditional Affairs, Dated 18 April 2012
02 Nov 2011 ATC111102: Report on Report of the Auditor-General on the 2010/11 Financial Statements of Legal Aid South Africa
28 Oct 2011 ATC111028: Report on Fourteenth Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Home Affairs
18 Oct 2011 ATC111018: Report on Eleventh Report of the Committee on Public Accounts on the unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Correctional Services
24 Aug 2011 ATC110824: Ninth Report Unauthorised expenditure of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans
24 Aug 2011 ATC110824: Twelfth Report Annual Report & Financial Statement of Department of Social Development, & the report of Auditor-General on Financial Statement of Department of Social Development for 2009/10 financial year
24 Aug 2011 ATC110824: Tenth Report Unauthorised expenditure of the Presidency
24 Aug 2011 ATC110824: Thirteenth Report Annual Report & Financial Statement of South African Social Security Agency, & the report of Auditor-General on Financial Statement of South African Social Security Agency for 2009/10 financial year
22 Jun 2011 ATC110622: Eighth Report Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Department of Water Affairs & the Special Investigations & the report of the Auditor-General on the Financial Statement of the Department of Water Affairs for the 2009/10 financial year
22 Jun 2011 ATC110622: Seventh Report: Auditor General on annual report & financial statements of Department of Defence & Military Veterans for 2009/10 financial year
16 Mar 2011 ATC110316: Report on Annual Report & Financial Statements of National Student Financial Aid Scheme for 2009/10 financial year
16 Mar 2011 ATC110316: Report on Annual Report & Financial Statements of Road Traffic Management Corporation, & report of Auditor-General on Financial Statements of Road Traffic Management Corporation
16 Mar 2011 ATC110416:Sixth Report Auditor General on the annual report and financial statements of the Public  Services Sector Education Training Authority for the 2009/10 financial year
16 Mar 2011 ATC110316: Third Report on Auditor General on annual report & financial statements of Energy Sector Education Training Authority for the 2009/10 financial year
09 Feb 2011 ATC110301: First Report onAuditor General on 2009/10 financial statements of Department of Justice & Constitutional Development, dated 09 February 2011
09 Feb 2011 ATC110209: Second Report on Auditor-General on 2009/10 financial statements of SABC & report of Auditor-General on an investigation at the SABC, dated 09 February 2011
17 Sep 2010 ATC100917: Report on Auditor General on the 2008/09 financial statements of the Government Printing Works
26 Aug 2010 ATC100825: Report on Auditor General on the 2008/09 financial statements of the Department of Public Works and its Property Management Trading Entity
25 Aug 2010 ATC100825: Report on Auditor General on the 2008/09 Financial Statements of the Compensation Fund
25 Aug 2010 ATC100825: Report on Auditor-General on the 2008/09 Financial Statements of The Presidency
24 Aug 2010 ATC100824: Report on Auditor-General on the 2008/09 financial statements of the Council for the Built Environment
24 Aug 2010 ATC100824: Report on Auditor-General on the 2008/09 financial statements of the Department of Correctional Services
24 Aug 2010 ATC100824: Report on Auditor-General on the 2008/09 financial statements of the Department of Labour
24 Aug 2010 ATC100824: Report on Auditor-General on the 2008/09 financial statements of the Boxing South Africa
16 Feb 2010 ATC100216: Report onAuditor-General on Performance Audit of handling of Confiscated Abalone at Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
16 Feb 2010 ATC100216: Report on Auditor General on the Special Audit of the N2 Gateway Project at the National Department of Housing
11 Nov 2008 ATC081111: Report on 27-35: Auditor-General
10 Jun 2008 ATC080610: Reports on 19 -26: AISA; Mine Health and Safety Council; Boxing South Africa; Department of Sport and Recreation; IEC; SAMDI; Government Printing Works & Department of Home Affairs
11 Mar 2008 ATC080311: Report on Annual Report & Auditor-General’s Report
29 Jan 2008 ATC080129: Reports 2-14: South African Airways; Department of Defence; Department of Health; Department of Correctional Services; Department of Justice & Constitutional Development; Department of Public Service & Administration; Department of Land Affairs; Presidency; Department of Trade & Industry; Department of Public Works
29 Jan 2008 ATC080129: Report on Investigation to Export and Sale of Diamonds
Report: 1 – 3: NPA; Department of Home Affairs and Department of Correctional Affairs
Report: Oversight visits to Third-party Funds Centres in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo; and Gauteng
Report: Auditor General on Performance Audit of Entities
Report: Auditor General on the 2008/09 Financial Statements of the Companies Intellectual Property Office in South Africa

There are no calls for comments at this time.

There are no questions at this time.

There are no bills related to this committee.

2019 3 meetings Attendance rate 81%
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Contact

Secretary of Committee

Ntombi Nkabinde

Tel: 021 403 2376

Cell: 083 709 8474 / 082 922 9636

Email: nnkabinde@parliament.gov.za

Ben Kali

Tel: 021 403 3774

Cell: 083 709 8392

bkali@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson

Nadiema Jackson

Tel: 021 403 3348

Cell: 083 709 8477

Email: njackson@parliament.gov.za

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