Constitutional Review Committee

Joint (NA + NCOP) Committee

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Constitutional Review Committee:

The Committee oversee matters relating to constitutional review.

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.


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.

No results.

20 Mar 2019 Committee Legacy Report & Public Submission Reports
14 Mar 2019 Committee Reports on 2016, 2017 & 2018 public submissions; Legacy Report
07 Mar 2019 2016 public submissions: finalisation; 2017 & 2018 public submissions: consideration
21 Feb 2019 2016 public submissions: consideration of outstanding legal opinions
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Constitutional Review Committee on 2016 Public Submissions dated 20 March 2019
15 Nov 2018 ATC181115: Report of the Joint constitutional review committee on the possible review of Section 25 of the Constitution, Dated 15 November 2018
21 Jun 2017 ATC170621: Report of the Constitutional Review Committee on 2015 Public Submissions, dated 21 June 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans Entities: Department of Military Veterans, dated 23 May 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications on Budget Vote 3: Communications, Dated 23 May 2017
14 Mar 2017 ATC170314: Draft Report of the Constitutional Review Committee on 2013 Public Submissions, Dated 14 March 2017
25 Oct 2016 ATC161025: Report of the Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources on the Draft Regulations for the registration of professional hunters, hunting outfitters and trainers in terms of section 8(3) of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004) dated 25 October 2016
23 Aug 2016 ATC160823: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on President’s reservations on the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B9B – 2015], dated 23 August 2016
17 Aug 2016 ATC160817: Report of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on the Economic Partnership Agreement between the SADC EPA States, of the one part, and the European Union and its member states, of the other part, dated 17 August 2016
21 Oct 2015 ATC151021: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Labour on an oversight visit to Mpumalanga farms, dated 21 October 2015
23 Jun 2013 ATC130623: Report of the Constitutional Review Committee on the workshop held on 23 June 2012, dated 14 June 2013
03 Jun 2011 ATC110603: Report on Study Tour to Venice Commission & Strasbourg
18 Mar 2011 ATC110318: Report on 2010 public submissions made on the review of the Constitution
20 Jun 2008 ATC080620: Report on Brief Summaries of Submissions
Report: 2010 public submissions made on the review of the Constitution

There are no questions at this time.

There are no bills related to this committee.


2019 4 meetings Attendance rate 61%
2018 20 meetings 97%
2017 9 meetings 72%
2016 4 meetings 51%
2015 2 meetings 69%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP


Secretary to Committee

Pat Jayiya

Tel: 021 403 3661

Cell: 083 709 8453


Executive Secretary

Zuraynah van der Meulen

Tel: 021 403 8644


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