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Oversight responsibility of Defence and Military Veterans Portfolio Committee

The Defence and Military Veterans Portfolio Committee is responsible for oversight of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans as well as the following statutory entities:

ARMSCOR

Castle Control Board

 Defence Force Service Commission

Military Ombud

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

Broadly speaking, the mandates of Committees are to consider and process legislation referred to it; exercise oversight over the Department and entities reporting to it; consider international agreements referred to it; consider the budget vote of the Department and its entities; facilitate public participation in its processes; and to consider all other matters referred to it in terms of legislation and the Rules of Parliament

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.

 

 

 

 

No results.

10 Jul 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Budget: Committee Report
03 Jul 2019 Department of Defence & Military Veterans, Armscor & Castle Control Board 2019/20 Annual Performance Plans, with Minister & Deputy Minister
02 Jul 2019 Election of Chairperson
13 Mar 2019 Department of Military Veterans Q3 performance
06 Mar 2019 Department of Defence Quarter 3 performance
27 Feb 2019 Election of Acting Chairperson
11 Jul 2019 ATC190711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget vote 19 (Defence and Military Veterans) dated 10 July 2019
20 Mar 2019 ATC190320: Report of the Portfolio on Defence and Military Veterans on its Activities Undertaken during the 5th Parliament (June 2014 – March 2019)
31 Oct 2018 ATC181031: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2017/18 Annual Report of the Department of Defence (Dod), dated 31 October 2018.
17 Oct 2018 ATC181017: Budget Review and Recommendation Report Of The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2017/18 Annual Report of the Castle Control Board (Ccb) and Armscor, dated 17 October 2018
14 Sep 2018 ATC180914: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Hydrographic Bill [B17-2018] (National Assembly– sec 75), dated 14 September 2018
23 Aug 2018 ATC180823: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Amendment Bill [B18-2017] (National Assembly– sec 75), dated 23 August 2018
15 May 2018 ATC180515: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans: Department of Defence, dated 15 May 2018
09 Apr 2018 ATC180409: Report of the joint oversight visit of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence to Kinshasa and Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 25 to 29 March 2018, dated 9 April 2018
01 Mar 2018 ATC180301: Budget review and recommendation report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2016/17 annual report plan of the Department of Defence (DoD), dated 1 March 2018
17 Oct 2017 ATC181017: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2017/18 Annual Report Plan of the Department of Military Veterans (DMV), dated 17 October 2018
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans Entities, dated 23 May 2017
23 May 2017 ATC170523: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans: Department of Defence, dated 23 May 2017
15 May 2017 ATC170515: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its 23 March 2017 oversight visit to 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg and the Regional Works Unit Western Cape at Youngsfield Military Base, dated 15 May 2017
15 May 2017 ATC170515: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its 1 March 2017 oversight visit to Silvermine Naval Base, dated 15 May 2017
21 Oct 2016 ATC161021: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2015/16 Annual Report Plan of the Department of Defence (DOD), dated 21 October 2016
21 Oct 2016 ATC161021: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2015/16 Annual Report Plan of The Department of Military Veterans (DMV), dated 21 October 2016
21 Oct 2016 ATC161021: Budgetary Review And Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the 2015/16 Annual Report of the Castle Control Board (CCB) and Armscor, Dated 21 October 2016
10 May 2016 ATC160510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans an Budget Vote 19: Defence and Military Veterans, dated 10 May 2016
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 28 October 2015
02 Sep 2015 ATC150902: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Laws Repeal and Amendment Bill [B 7– 2015] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 2 September 2015
14 May 2015 ATC150514: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 19: Department of Defence and Military Veterans, dated 13 May 2015
12 Nov 2014 ATC141112: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Theratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, dated 12 November 2014
29 Oct 2014 ATC141031: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans: 2013/14 and 2014/15 First Quarter Performance of the Department of Defence & Entities, and Department of Military Veterans, dated 29 October 2014
17 Sep 2014 ATC140918: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Amendment Bill [PMB 8 – 2013], dated 17 September 2014
11 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 22: Department of Defence and Military Veterans and the Entities, namely Armscor and the Castle Control Board, dated July 2014
05 Mar 2014 ATC140305: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Regulations to the Military Veterans Act (Act 18 Of 2011), dated 5 March 2014
26 Feb 2014 ATC140226: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, 26 February 2014
21 Oct 2013 ATC131101: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 21 October 2013
21 Oct 2013 ATC131029: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 21 October 2013
13 Aug 2013 ATC140310: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its Oversight visits to Selected South African Army Bases in the Northwest Province, and Gauteng; 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Tshwane; Selected Education and Training Facilities in the Western Cape and Northwest Province as well as the Armscor Dockyard in the Western Cape (30 July – 13 August 2013)
22 May 2013 ATC130522: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on Budget Vote 22: Department of Defence and Military Veterans, dated 22 May 2013
15 May 2013 ATC130605: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its Oversight visits to Selected South African Air Force Bases in Western Cape, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal and Free State Provinces; and Site visit to Selected Armscor Research and Development Facilities – dated 15 May 2013
23 Oct 2012 ATC121030: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, dated 23 October 2012:
19 May 2012 ATC120829: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Joint Workshop of Joint Standing Committee on Defence & The Portfolio Committee on Defence & Military Veterans held in Arniston on Saturday, 19 May 2012, dated 22 August 2012
16 May 2012 ATC120516: Report on Budget Vote 22, dated 16 May 2012
14 Mar 2012 ATC120314: Report on Military Ombud Bill [B9B-2011] (National Assembly – sec 75), dated 14 March 2012
01 Nov 2011 ATC111101: Report on Budgetary Review & Recommendation Report of Portfolio Committee on Defence & Military Veterans, dated 01 November 2011
21 Sep 2011 ATC110921: Report on Military Ombudsman Bill [B9– 2011]
04 Aug 2011 ATC111123: Report on Joint Oversight activities conducted with Joint Standing Committee on Defence (2-4 August 2011)
29 Jun 2011 ATC110629: Report on Military Veterans Bill [B1– 2011]
30 Mar 2011 ATC110330: Report on Budget Vote 22: Department of Defence & Military Veterans
03 May 2010 ATC100503: Report on Budget Vote 21
15 Sep 2009 ATC090915: Report on Protocol of Amendments of International Hydrographic Organisation Convention
30 Jun 2009 ATC090630: Report on Budget Vote 19
11 Feb 2009 ATC090211: Report on State of Readiness of the SANDF and the State of the SA Defence related industry
20 Nov 2008 ATC081120: Report on Department’s Annual Report & Financial Statements for 2007/ 2008
17 Nov 2008 ATC081117: Report on Castle of Good Hope ‘s Annual Report 2007/ 2008
17 Nov 2008 ATC081117: Report on Armscor ‘s Annual Report for 2007/ 2008
17 Sep 2008 ATC080917: Report on National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Bill
23 Oct 2007 ATC071023: Report on Preliminary Report to Lohatla Combat Training Centre
07 May 2007 ATC070507: Report on Simon’s Town Naval Base & SA military Academy visits
22 Mar 2007 ATC070322: Report on Vote 20- Budget of the Department
12 Nov 2006 ATC061112: Report on Study Tour to Canada
Report: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report on the performance of the Department of Defence and Military Veterans for the financial year 2009/10
Report: Budget Vote 19 & Department’s Strategic Plan
18 Apr 2019 NW418 by Mr W M Madisha - (a) What are the reasons that informed the ...
18 Apr 2019 NW658 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)(a) What number of claims were brought ...
18 Apr 2019 NW33 by Ms N Nolutshungu - Whether she has been informed of allegations that ...
02 Apr 2019 NW660 by Dr P J Groenewald - (1)What number of (a) firearms and (b) ammunition ...
12 Mar 2019 NW260 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What number of (a) tender briefings were held in ...
12 Mar 2019 NW610 by Mr P G Atkinson - (1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any ...
07 Mar 2019 NW308 by Mr E M Buthelezi - (1) (a) What was the total cost of the activities ...
07 Mar 2019 NW416 by Ms D Carter - (a) What SA National Defence Force (i) equipment ...
07 Mar 2019 NW43 by Mr N S Matiase - Whether her department has ever done an audit to ...
06 Mar 2019 NW124 by Mr M Bagraim - With reference to the reply of the Minister of ...
05 Mar 2019 NW66 by Mr L G Mokoena - (1)Whether she has been informed that she has ...
04 Mar 2019 NW55 by Mr N S Matiase - What number of grant applications for military ...
04 Mar 2019 NW25 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)Does the National Codification Bureau employ ...
14 Feb 2019 NW21 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What (a) number of co-operation agreements does ...
14 Feb 2019 NW30 by Mr T Rawula - (1)(a) On what date was the information ...
14 Dec 2018 NW3229 by Mr D R Ryder - What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) ...
12 Dec 2018 NW2985 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)(a) What was the basis of the 23,1 % increase ...
12 Dec 2018 NW3366 by Ms N K F Hlonyana - (1)What is the (a) total number of pieces of ...
12 Dec 2018 NW2936 by Mr M Hlengwa - Whether she has officially or unofficially met ...
10 Dec 2018 NW3683 by Mr M G P Lekota - (1) What (a) is the status of the matter ...
10 Dec 2018 NW3440 by Ms B S Masango - (1)(a) On what date did her department last ...
10 Dec 2018 NW3656 by Mr S P Mhlongo - Whether her department and/or any of the entities ...
10 Dec 2018 NW3751 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)(a) What was the purpose of the visit by a ...
28 Nov 2018 NW3106 by Mr D America - Whether, since she served in Cabinet, she (a)(i) ...
28 Nov 2018 NW3472 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What is the (a) total number of military bases ...
26 Nov 2018 NW2827 by Mr A R McLoughlin - (1)What are the details, with reference to the ...
26 Nov 2018 NW3473 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What is the total number of troops who are ...
26 Nov 2018 NW3534 by Mr S J F Marais - (a) What is the current composition of the SA ...
20 Nov 2018 NW3364 by Mr Z R Xalisa - (1) What is the (a) total number of aircraft that ...
20 Nov 2018 NW3365 by Mr N S Matiase - (1) What is the (a) total number of (i) ...
19 Nov 2018 NW2566 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy ...
15 Nov 2018 NW3084 by Mr S J F Marais - (1) Whether she has been informed of any ...
12 Nov 2018 NW3157 by Mr S P Mhlongo - Whether the Department of Military Veterans ...
08 Nov 2018 NW3082 by Mr S J F Marais - (1) Whether any aircraft owned or chartered by ...
25 Oct 2018 NW1911 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)(a) What is the tariff payable to each member ...
23 Oct 2018 NW2987 by Mr S J F Marais - Whether the Cabinet considered any other options ...
23 Oct 2018 NW2679 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (a) In which combat zones are troops of the SA ...
22 Oct 2018 NW2780 by Mr S J F Marais - With reference to Broad-based Black Economic ...
04 Oct 2018 NW2783 by Mr S Esau - (1)(a) When was the latest Directorate Air ...
18 Sep 2018 NW1861 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of ...
11 Sep 2018 NW1245 by Mr S Esau - What are the full details of the amounts spent by ...
11 Sep 2018 NW2014 by Mr I M Ollis - (1)What are the details of the (a) number of ...
07 Sep 2018 NW2430 by Mr S P Mhlongo - What is the (a) name of each investing company ...
03 Sep 2018 NW1814 by Mr M R Bara - (1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult ...
03 Sep 2018 NW2233 by Mr D Bergman - (1)What is the total number of (a) A class ...
08 Aug 2018 NW1847 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)(a) For what period has the Director-General ...
06 Aug 2018 NW1518 by Mr S J F Marais - (1)With reference to reports on 7 May 2018 ...
26 Jul 2018 NW1695 by Mr S P Mhlongo - (1)Have any of the properties and/or assets of ...
18 Jul 2018 NW2109 by Mr S Esau - (1)(a) What is the status of the appointment of ...
11 Jul 2018 NW1910 by Mr S P Mhlongo - With reference to her reply to question 1370 on 4 ...

All questions to the Minister

Bill name Date introduced Number Status
Hydrographic Bill 30 May 2018 B17-2018 Lapsed
Defence Amendment Bill 30 Jun 2017 B18-2017 Lapsed
Defence Laws Repeal and Amendment Bill 25 Feb 2015 B7-2015 The bill has been signed into law.
Defence Amendment Bill - Mr D Maynier (DA) 19 Feb 2014 PMB8-2013 Withdrawn
Implementation of the Geneva Conventions Bill 15 Jun 2011 B10-2011 Act commenced
Military Ombudsman Bill 10 Jun 2011 B9-2011 Act commenced
Military Veterans Bill 21 Jan 2011 B1-2011 Act commenced
Defence Amendment Bill 01 Jun 2010 B11-2010 Act commenced
National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Bill 13 Jun 2008 B45-2008 Act commenced
Castle Management Act Repeal Bill 07 Mar 2008 B9-2008 Withdrawn
Defence Amendment Bill 05 Mar 2008 B6-2008 Withdrawn
Prohibition or Restriction of Certain Conventional Weapons Bill 12 Apr 2007 B7-2007 Act commenced
2019 3 meetings Attendance rate 88%
Detailed attendance data by committee and MP

Contact

Secretary of Committee:
Mandy Balie
Tel: 021 403 3673
Cell: 083 709 8431 or 079 900 4796
Email: mbalie@parliament.gov.za

Secretary To Chairperson:
Rethoma Michaels
Tel: 021 403 3050
Cell: 083 709 8429
Email: rmichaels@parliament.gov.za

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