ATC140214: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development on the Constitution Nineteenth Amendment Bill [PMB 7 - 2013], dated 12 February 2014
Report of the Portfolio Committee on Justice
and Constitutional Development on the Constitution Nineteenth Amendment Bill
[PMB 7 - 2013], dated 12 February 2014
The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development (the Committee), having considered the Constitution Nineteenth Amendment Bill [PMB 7 2013], (National Assembly section 74), referred to it and classified by the Joint Tagging Mechanism (JTM) as a section 74 Bill, reports as follows:
Constitution Nineteenth Amendment Bill
a private members bill, was tabled and referred to the Committee on 12 August
2013. The Bill seeks to
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, so as to provide for clear
criteria to further regulate the appointment of judicial officers and the
composition of the Judicial Service Commission.
The Committee met with the
sponsor of the Bill, Hon. M Smuts, MP, on 5 November 2013, in order to receive
a briefing on the Bill. The Committee considered public submissions on the Bill
and responses by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to
the submissions on 4 February 2014. Having deliberated on the Bill, the
Committee adopted a motion that the Bill is not desirable.
Views of the minority
minority of members present (Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People)
felt that the Bill is desirable and necessary as a basis for giving effect to
proposals made in the National Development Plan.
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