Ethics and Members' Interest

Joint (NA + NCOP) Committee

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Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interest:

The Committee deals with matters relating to ethical conduct of Members and whether they disclose their financial interests.

THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)
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.

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.

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.

08 Aug 2018 Closed meeting
12 Jun 2018 Adoption of minutes and an update on outstanding complaints (Closed meeting)
29 Nov 2017 ATC171129: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests on the Complaint against Hon. Figlan, MP, dated 29 November 2017
01 Nov 2017 ATC171101: Annual Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests (2016), dated 01 November 2017
06 Sep 2017 ATC170906: Second Report of the Joint Committee Ethics and Member’s Interest’s, on the late disclosures for 2016, dated 6 September 2017
06 Sep 2017 ATC170906: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Member’s Interests on the alleged Contravention, by Hon. B Mbete, Of Clauses 4.1.3 And 4.1.5 of the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests, Dated 06 September 2017
14 Jun 2017 ATC170614: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics’ and Members Interests on late Disclosures for 2016, dated 14 June 2017
14 Jun 2017 ATC170614: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics’ and Members Interests on alleged breach of the Constitution, dated 14 June 2017
14 Jun 2017 ATC170614: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics’ and Members Interests on alleged maladministration, dated 14 June 2017
16 Feb 2017 ATC170216: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, dated 16 February 2017 - Report on Members’ disclosures for 2016
18 May 2016 ATC160518: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests as agreed at its meeting held on 18 May 2016 at M315
16 Mar 2016 ATC160316: Report of Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests 16 March 2016
16 Mar 2016 ATC160316: Report of Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests 16 March 2016
16 Mar 2016 ATC160316: Report of Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests 16 March 2016
29 Oct 2015 ATC151029: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests, 28 October 2015
09 Jun 2014 ATC140710: Report of Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, 9 June 2014:
12 Mar 2014 ATC140324: Annual Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, dated 12 March 2014:
01 Mar 2012 Report: Annual Report of the Joint Committee, 1 March 2012
Annual Report: Operation & Effectiveness of the Code
Report: Investigation into the allegations against Ms Yolanda Botha Member of the National Assembly, published in the Mail and Guardian of February 11 to 17, 2011
ATC140317: Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests for Assembly and Permanent Council Members
Report: Complaint against Ms Y Botha
Report: Complaint against Minister BMN Balfour
ATC121024: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests
ATC131017: Report of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests
Report: Auditor‑General’s report on the alleged non-disclosure of members’ interests
Report: Findings of Auditor-General on Audit of Disclosure of Interest by Members

There are no calls for comments at this time.

There are no questions at this time.

There are no bills related to this committee.

Attendance

2015 6 meetings Attendance rate 48%
2014 3 meetings 58%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Registrar

Acting Registrar of Members’ Interests: Adv. Ntuthuzelo Vanara

Tel: 021 403 2477/6

Cell: 083 843 5522

Email: nvanara@parliament.gov.za

 

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