Joint Standing on Intelligence

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Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence:

The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence is established by the Intelligence Services Control Act (1994) to perform the oversight function concerning the intelligence services as required by section 199(8) of the Constitution 

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

Powers

Rule 32 of the Joint Rules of Parliament (6th Edition) say that for the purposes of performing its functions  joint 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

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.
 

 

No results.

26 Feb 2019 Closed Meeting
19 Feb 2019 Closed meeting
12 Feb 2019 Closed meeting
18 Jul 2019 ATC190718: Report of the Ad Hoc Committee to allow members of the National Assembly to be briefed prior to the debate on Vote No 7: National Treasury (State Security), dated 18 July 2019
31 Mar 2017 ATC170331: Annual Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence for the Financial Year ending 31 March 2017
18 Jun 2015 ATC150618: Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence [JSCI] on filling of the vacancy of the Inspector General of Intelligence, dated 17 June 2015
25 Feb 2015 Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence on activities of the Committee after 5 months of establishment, as stipulated in the Intelligence Services oversight Act, Act 40 of 1994, dated 10 February 2015
31 Mar 2010 ATC110921: Annual Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence for financial year ending 31 March 2010
10 Nov 2009 ATC091110: Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence [JSCI] on the appointment of the Inspector General of Intelligence Services in terms of Section 7(1) of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, 40 of 1994, dated 10 November 2009:
31 Mar 2008 ATC100526: Annual Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) for the financial year ended 31 March 2008, as agreed by the JSCI on 12 May 2010 and submitted in compliance of section 6 of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, No 40 of 1994
ATC080226: Special Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) on the Special ‘Browse’ Mole Consolidated Report document leaked to the public and investigated by Government Investigative Task Team, tabled in terms of section 6 (2) of Intelligence Services Oversight Act, Act 40 of 1994.
ATC131114: Report on the Prestige Project A: Security Measures at the President’s Private residence: Nkandla
22 Jul 2019 NW146 by Inkosi RN Cebekhulu - Whether, with the regard to the current and ...
07 Mar 2019 NW507 by Dr MQ Ndlozi - (a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties ...
28 Feb 2019 NW291 by Mr SP Mhlongo - (a) What number of tender briefings were held in ...
25 Feb 2019 NW146 by Mr W Horn - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
18 Dec 2018 NW3925 by Dr PJ Groenewald - 1. Whether a certain person (name furnished) ...
18 Dec 2018 NW3857 by Mr SC Motau - 1. Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any ...
14 Nov 2018 NW3461 by Ms SP Kopane - 1. (a) On what date did her department last ...
13 Nov 2018 NW3378 by Ms NR Mashabela - Whether the so-called spy tapes were produced by ...
08 Nov 2018 NW3250 by Mr JJ McGluwa - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
18 Jun 2018 NW1908 by Dr PJ Groenewald - 1. Whether all members of the senior management ...
14 Jun 2018 NW2037 by Dr A Lotriet - 1. What are the details of the (a) number of ...
08 Jun 2018 NW1837 by Ms C King - 1. Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
01 Jun 2018 NW1668 by Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security - (a) What number of cases relating to the ...
18 May 2018 NW1486 by Mr RK Purdon - 1. Whether, with reference to the reply of the ...
02 May 2018 NW1091 by Dr MQ Ndlozi - What (a) number of consulting firms or companies ...
15 Mar 2018 NW731 by Mr TW Mhlongo - 1. Whether her department has a sexual harassment ...
15 Mar 2018 NW481 by Mr MGP Lekota - 1. (a) What is the current status of the ...
14 Mar 2018 NW337 by Mrs K Jooste - What amount did (a) his department and (b) each ...
14 Mar 2018 NW372 by Ms BS Masango - (a) What is the total amount that was (i) ...
20 Dec 2017 NW3303 by Dr MQ Ndlozi (EFF) to ask the Minister of State Security - 1. Whether the (a) chief executive officer and ...
14 Dec 2017 NW3163 by Dr MQ Ndlozi - 1. What are the details including the ranks of ...
12 Dec 2017 NW3922 by Adv A de W Alberts (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of State Security - Whether certain persons (names and details ...
05 Dec 2017 NW3658 by Mr DJ Maynier - Whether his department has completed its ...
05 Dec 2017 NW3718 by Mr JH Steenhuisen - 1. Whether, with reference to a certain matter ...
05 Dec 2017 NW3737 by Dr MZ Ndlozi - 1. Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities ...
04 Dec 2017 NW3653 by Ms H Bucwa (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security - 1. Whether (a) he has been informed of an ...
04 Dec 2017 NW3654 by Ms C King - What measures has his department put in place to ...
04 Dec 2017 NW3610 by Dr MQ Ndlozi - Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity ...
23 Nov 2017 NW3441 by Dr MQ Ndlozi - 1. How many officials and/or employees in his ...
23 Nov 2017 NW3589 by Ms TM Mbabama (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security - (a) What is the total number of supplier invoices ...
04 Oct 2017 NW2458 by M Q Ndlozi - How many current employees of (a) his department ...
04 Oct 2017 NW2790 by N V Mente - With reference to his reply to question 167 on 7 ...
27 Sep 2017 NW2572 by Mr M Q Ndlozi - When are the application dates (a) opening and ...
07 Sep 2017 NW2312 by Z N Mbhele - With reference to his reply to question 1972 on 7 ...
07 Sep 2017 NW2424 by Mr W Madisha - With reference to reports that a certain person ...
07 Sep 2017 NW2193 by 2193Dr G A Grootboom - Has a certain person (name and details furnished) ...
18 Jul 2017 NW1879 by M Q Ndlozi - Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity ...
10 Jul 2017 NW1790 by M Z Ndlozi - Which entities reporting to him (a) have a board ...
10 Jul 2017 NW1739 by A Lotriet - Whether any staff of (a) his department and (b) ...
07 Jul 2017 NW1972 by T R Majola - How many security threat assessments has his ...
27 Jun 2017 NW1774 by R K Purdon - Does (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister or (c) any ...
01 Jun 2017 NW1237 by D Robinson - Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity ...
01 Jun 2017 NW1506 by S Mokgalapa - Whether (a) his department and (b) each entity ...
01 Jun 2017 NW1046 by CD Matsepe - Whether his department has employed a certain ...
18 Apr 2017 NW939 by Mr E J Marais - Whether there in any position of (a) chief ...
31 Mar 2017 NW374 by Ms N I Tarabella - What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and ...
31 Mar 2017 NW706 by Ms S V Kalyan - Did (a) his department or (b) any entity ...
31 Mar 2017 NW627 by Mr D J Stubbe - With reference to his statement made at the press ...
24 Mar 2017 NW470 by Mr H B Groenewald - Whether his department procured any services from ...
08 Mar 2017 NW393 by Mr D J Maynier - In respect of his letter with reference MIN/M1/7 ...

All questions to the Minister

There are no bills related to this committee.

Attendance

No current attendance data

Contact

Secretary to Committee

Ntombe Mbuqe

Tel: 021 403 2793

Cell: 083 709 8432

E-mail: nmbuqe@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Comelita van der Bergh

Tel: 021 403 2319

Cell: 082 940 0603

E-mail: cvanderbergh@parliament.gov.za

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