Standing Committee on Auditor General

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The Standing Committee on the Auditor-General is established in terms of Section 10(3) of the Public Audit Act, 2004. The Committee must maintain oversight over the Auditor-General and perform the functions and exercise the other powers as specified in the Public Audit Act, 2004. The Assembly may by resolution assisgn any other function, task or duty to the Standing Committee of the Auditor-General within its area of competence. 

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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10 Jul 2019 Committee Legacy Report
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
07 Mar 2019 Committee Legacy Report
26 Feb 2019 Deputy Auditor-General appointment; Public Audit Amendment Act Regulations; Annual Report & Legacy Report
26 Feb 2019 ATC190226: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on its activities undertaken during the Fifth Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019), Dated 26 February 2019
26 Feb 2019 ATC190226: Standing Committee on the Auditor-General Memorandum with regards to the re-appointment of the Deputy Auditor-General, dated 26 February 2019
26 Feb 2019 ATC190226: Standing Committee on the Auditor-General Memorandum on the Auditor-General of South Africa’s Consultation with regards to the Regulations in accordance with the Public Audit Act, No 25 Of 2004, dated 26 February 2019
26 Feb 2019 ATC190226: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on its Activities Undertaken during the Fifth Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019) dated 26 February 2019
26 Feb 2019 ATC190226: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on its activities undertaken during the Fifth Parliament (May 2014 – March 2019), Dated 26 February 2019
13 Sep 2018 ATC180913: Standing Committee on the Auditor-General Report on the Auditor-General of South Africa-Related Findings and Recommendations in the Report of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of key Legislation and Acceleration of Fundamental change, dated 13 September 2018
22 May 2018 ATC180522: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General, dated 22 May 2018
24 Nov 2017 ATC171124: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Auditor-General of South Africa’s 2018-2021 Draft Strategic Plan and Budget, dated 24 November 2017
24 Nov 2017 ATC171124:Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Integrated Annual Report of the Auditor General of South Africa for the Financial Year 2016/17, dated 24 November 2017
16 Nov 2017 ATC1711Standing Committee on the Auditor-General Memorandum in terms of Rule 273 of the Rules of the National Assembly, dated 16 November 2017
14 Apr 2016 ATC160414: Report of the Standing Committee On The Auditor-General On The Strategic Plan And Budget For 2016-19 Financial Years, Dated 13 April 2016
14 Apr 2016 ATC160414: Report of the Standing Committee On The Auditor-General On The Strategic Plan And Budget For 2016-19 Financial Years, Dated 13 April 2016
13 Apr 2016 ATC160413: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Integrated Annual Report of the Auditor General of South Africa for the Financial Year 2014/15, dated 16 March 2016
30 Mar 2016 ATC160330: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the oversight visit to the Gauteng Provincial Office of the Auditor-General of South Africa, dated 16 March 2016
30 Mar 2016 ATC160330: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the oversight visit to the Gauteng Provincial Office of the Auditor-General of South Africa, dated 16 March 2016
05 Nov 2014 ATC141105: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the 2014 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B11 – 2014], dated 05 November 2014
30 Jul 2014 ATC141114: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on its Strategic Planning Session held from 29 to 30 July 2014, dated 27 August 2014
22 Jul 2014 ATC140723: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Appropriation Bill [B4-2014] (National Assembly – Section 77), dated 22 July 2014
22 Jul 2014 ATC140724: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Appropriation Bill [B4-2014] (National Assembly – Section 77), dated 22 July 2014
07 Mar 2014 ATC140311: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Strategic Plan and Budget for 2014-17 Financial Years, dated 7 March 2014.
06 Nov 2013 ATC131108: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Integrated Annual Report of the Auditor General for the Financial Year 2012/13, dated 6 November 2013.
05 Nov 2013 ATC131105: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the 2013 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, dated 05 November 2013
01 Nov 2013 ATC131101: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the 2013 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill [B38 – 2013], dated 1 November 2013
22 Oct 2013 ATC131022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Department in Presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation 22 October 2013
26 Jul 2013 ATC13108: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on a follow-up oversight visit to the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga for 22 to 26 July 2013, Dated 17 September 2013
06 Jul 2013 ATC131104: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on its study tour to Uganda and Kenya from 29 June to 06 July 2013, dated 30 October 2013
05 Jun 2013 ATC130605: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plan and Budget of the National Youth Development Agency, dated 5 June 2013
21 May 2013 ATC130522: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, dated 21 May 2013
21 May 2013 ATC130523 Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Annual Performance Plan and Budget of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, dated 21 May 2013
26 Apr 2013 ATC130429: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Appointment of Director for the Parliamentary Budget Office, dated 26 April 2013
19 Mar 2013 ATC130415: Report of Standing Committee on the Auditor–General on the study tour to Austria, dated 19 March 2013
20 Nov 2012 ATC121204: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Annual Report of the Auditor-General of South Africa for the Financial Year 2011/12, dated 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012 ATC121204: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Auditor-General of South Africa Budget and Strategic Plan for the 2013/14 Financial Year, dated 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012 ATC121204: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on the Auditor-General of South Africa (Agsa) Consolidated Audit Outcomes of the Local Government Report for the 2010/11 Financial Year, dated 20 November 2012.
16 Nov 2012 ATC121116: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B32 – 2012] (National Assembly (Section 77)), dated 16 November 2012
14 Nov 2012 ATC121115: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the 2012 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, dated 14 November 2012
24 Oct 2012 ATC121108: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Department In the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation on its Performance For The 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 24 October 2012
21 Sep 2012 ATC121106: Report of the Standing Committee on the Auditor–General on Oversight visits to Audit-Challenged Municipalities in North West Province and Kwazulu-Natal, dated 21 September 2012
07 Aug 2012 ATC120807: Submission of the Financial & Fiscal Commission on the Division of Revenue for the 2013-14 Financial Year, dated 07 August 2012
22 Jun 2012 ATC121121: Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the Oversight Visit to Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Province from 18 To 22 June 2012, dated 8 August 2012
06 Jun 2012 ATC120606: Report Appropriation Bill [B3-2012] (National Assembly – Section 77), dated 6 June 2012
30 May 2012 ATC120530: Report Third Quarter expenditure for the 2011/12 Financial Year, dated 30 May 2012
08 May 2012 ATC150508: Report Strategic Plan & Budget of the National Youth Development Agency, dated 08 May 2012
08 May 2012 ATC120508: Report Strategic Plan & Budget of the department in the Presidency for performance monitoring & evaluation, dated 08 May 2012
24 Apr 2012 ATC120424: Report The Division of Revenue Bill [B4 – 2012], dated 24 April 2012
24 Apr 2012 ATC120424: Report The Division of Revenue Bill [B4 – 2012], dated 24 April 2012
09 Mar 2012 ATC120309: Report Additional adjustments Appropriation Bill (2011/12 Financial Year) [B6-2012] (National Assembly- Section 77), dated 09 March 2012
09 Mar 2012 ATC120309: Report Finance Bill [B5-2012] (National Assembly- Section 77), dated 09 March 2012
07 Mar 2012 ATC120707: Report Follow-up oversight visit to the provinces of Limpopo & Mpumalanga, dated 7 March 2012.
07 Mar 2012 ATC120307: Report Additional Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B6 – 2012], dated 7 March 2012
07 Mar 2012 ATC120307: Report Division Of Revenue Bill [B4 – 2012] (National Assembly - Section 76(1)), dated 07 March 2012
29 Feb 2012 ATC120209: Report Finance Bill [B5 – 2012], dated 29 February 2012
25 Jan 2012 ATC120125: Report Oversight visit to the Eastern Cape Province from 23 to 25 January 2012, dated 09 May 2012
09 Jun 2011 ATC110609: Report Salary package of Auditor-General of RSA
02 Jun 2011 ATC110602: Report Oversight Visit to Headquarters of Auditor-General of South Africa
08 Feb 2011 ATC110208: Report 2010/11 First Quarter Expenditure Report, dated 08 February 2011
16 Nov 2010 ATC101116: Report Oversight Visit to the Audit-Challenged Municipalities in Limpopo
16 Nov 2010 ATC101116: Report Annual Report of the Auditor-General for the 2009/10 Financial Year
16 Nov 2010 ATC101116: Report Oversight Visit to Audit-challenged Municipalities in Mpumalanga
21 May 2010 ATC100521: Report Appropriation Bill
12 Nov 2009 ATC091112: Report Strategic Plan and Budget of the Auditor General
12 Nov 2009 ATC091112: Report Annual Report of the Auditor General 2008/09
09 Nov 2009 ATC091109: Report Adjustments Appropriation Bill
08 Sep 2009 ATC090908: Report: Fourth Quarter Expenditure Report as at 30 March 2009
13 Nov 2007 ATC071113: Report Budget and Strategic Plan 2008-2011
13 Nov 2007 ATC071113: 2008 Report Annual Report of the Auditor General 2006/07
13 Nov 2007 ATC071113: 2008 Report Budget and Strategic Plan of the Auditor-General 2008- 2011
Report: Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)
Report: Budget and Strategic Plan of the Auditor-General for the 2012/13 Financial Year
Report: Strategic Plan and Budget of the Auditor-General for 2009-2012
Report: Annual Report 2006/07
Report: Appointment of an External Auditor
Report: Annual Report of the Auditor-General for the 2010/11 financial year

There are no questions at this time.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Public Audit Amendment Bill 23 May 2018 B13-2018 Act commenced
Public Audit Amendment Bill X-2017
2019 2 meetings Attendance rate 90%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Cindy Balie

Tel: 021 403 3667

Cell: 083 547 4115

Email: cbalie@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson:

Yolanda Sili

Tel: 021 403 3644

Email: ysili@parliament.gov.za

Cell: 083 709 8500

 

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