ATC140429: Report of the Ad Hoc Committee to consider submissions by the President in response to the Public Protector’s report, dated 28 April 2014
Report of the Ad Hoc
Committee to consider submissions by the President in response to the Public
Protectors report, dated 28 April 2014
On 2 April 2014, the Speaker of the National
Assembly received from the President the following documents:
in response to Public Protectors Report [Report No. 25 of 2013/14]
(2) Proclamation by the President of the Republic of South Africa; (Proclamation
(3) Copy of the Public Protectors Report.
The documents were tabled in the
Parliamentary papers on the same day.
After consultation with the Chief Whip of the
Majority Party and senior whips of other parties in the Assembly, the Speaker established
an ad hoc committee in terms of Rule 214(1
b) of the
National Assembly Rules, which empowers the Speaker to establish an ad hoc
committee during Parliamentary recess.
In terms of the Rules, an ad hoc committee
may only be established for the performance of a specific task. The mandate of
the ad hoc committee was to consider the submissions by the President in
response to the Public Protectors Report and make recommendations, where
applicable. The Committee was composed of 12 members: ANC 7, DA 2, Cope 1, IFP
1 and other parties 1. The Committee was mandated to report no than later 30
In terms of ATC 48 2014, dated 22 April
2014 parties submitted names of their members to serve in the Committee.
The Congress of the People (COPE) elected not
to participate in the ad hoc committee and therefore, did not submit a name.
Members appointed to the Committee were as
AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC)
Mr CT (Chairperson)
Burgess, Mr C
Landers, Mr L
Moloi-Moropa, Ms J
Muthambi, Ms F A
Adv J (Alternate)
DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE (DA)
Mazibuko, Ms L
Selfe, Mr J
James, Dr W (Alternate)
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY (IFP)
Singh, Mr N
FREEDOM FRONT PLUS (FF PLUS)
Mulder, Dr C
Hon S N Swart from the African Christian
Democratic Party (ACDP) attended all meetings of the ad hoc committee and fully
The ad hoc committee in its functioning
exercised those powers as set out in Rule 138 of the National Assembly Rules
that were necessary in carrying out its task. These included determining its
own procedure, frequency and time of its meetings.
On 24 April 2014, the ad hoc committee met to
elect the Chairperson and considered
On 28 April 2014, the Committee met to
consider the approach and programme of work in response to the task of the
Committee. The DA presented a proposal on the modus operandi to be considered
by the Committee. After deliberation the proposal was supported by other
parties but was not supported by the ANC.
The following two motions were considered:
the majority party, t
he terms of reference of the
Speaker which referred the matter to the Ad Hoc Committee,
All the documents made
available to committee members,
The Report of the Public
Protector on Nkandla
The referral letter of the
President to the Speaker
The Speakers terms of
The discussions of the
Parties at the meeting on 24 and 28 April 2014
The timeframes, in which the
Committee is expected
complete its work.
Has noted the
The term of the Fourth
Parliament expires in a few days
The time available for the
Committee to complete its work is clearly insufficient
Related investigations are
as yet incomplete
The matter before the Ad Hoc
Committee is of extreme importance and therefore requires sufficient time to
consider thoroughly to do justice to it
Accordingly the ANC
proposed that the matter be referred to the incoming Fifth Parliament for
the other parties, that
the Committee continues with its work.
Both motions were put to a vote; the first
motion had six votes from the ANC and one from the IFP.
The second motion had three votes, two from
the DA and one from the Freedom Front Plus, representing other parties.
The first motion was carried.
The Committee noted that despite its
commitment to the task, there was
time to complete the work as set out in the terms of reference.
The ad hoc committee
recommends that this matter be referred to the Fifth Parliament for
Report to be
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