Constitutional Review Committee

Joint (NA + NCOP) Committee

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the Joint Constitutional Review Committee reviews the Constitution. The Committee consists of 14 Assembly members and 9 Council members 

The National Assembly and National Council of Provinces have the power to establish Joint Committees. There are Joint Committees established by or in terms of the Joint Rules, Committees established in terms of legislation and other Joint Committees to deal with any other matters affecting both Houses

Joint Committees may only establish subcommittees when there is provision for such appointment in the Joint Rules or authorised by the Joint Rules Committee or by resolutions adopted in the Assembly and the Council

The Joint Rules apply to the Joint Committees

Except where the Joint Rules or decisions of the Joint Rules Committee prescribe otherwise, the composition of a joint committee in such that parties are entitled to be represented in the Assembly component of joint committees in substantially the same proportion as the proportion in which they are represented in the Assembly and provinces are entitled to equal representation in the Council component of joint committees

Alternate members may be appointed for one or more specific members of a joint committee. An alternate acts as a member when the member for which the alternate was appointed is absent or has vacated office, until the vacancy is filled 

If a joint committee has co-chairpersons, the co-chairpersons must cochair meetings of the committee except when one of them takes the chair by agreement between them

Joint committees report to both Houses on matters referred to the committee


Rule 32 of the Joint Rules of Parliament (6th 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 procedure
  • 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

Joint committees may not initiate legislation

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


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.


No results.

25 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
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.

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill X-2019


2019 1 meetings Attendance rate 68%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP


Secretary to Committee

Pilate Gwebu

Tel: 021 403 8257

Cell: 083 709 8395


Executive Secretary

Zuraynah van der Meulen

Tel: 021 403 8644


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