This week in parliament: Debates on Youth and the Guptas
Jun 12, 2023


Tuesday features two debates in which members of parliament will try to make their voices hear. The first is a debate on government’s failure in ensuring that the United Arab Emirates extradites members of the notorious Gupta family. The second is a debate on Youth Day, with the theme “Decisive action to accelerate socio-economic opportunities to transform the lives of the youth”.

On Wednesday the The DA’s Diane Kohler will ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans whether Defence Intelligence was informed that the Russian ship, the Lady R, would dock at Simon’s Town. The ship has been at the centre of a fierce debate surrounding South Africa’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine War. With president Cyril Ramaphosa and five other African heads of state this week embarking on a peace mission to Russia and Ukraine, government’s response will be closely watched.

TUESDAY, 13 JUNE 2023 

14:00 – ±19:55 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Debate on Urgent Matter of National Public Importance (Mr B N Herron): Failure of the Government to extradite persons implicated in corruption, as demonstrated by the recent case in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the consequences thereof 

2. Consideration of Report of PC on Health on National Health Insurance Bill [B 11 – 2019] 

3. Second Reading debate: National Health Insurance Bill [B 11B – 2019] (s76(1))

4. Consideration of Land Court Bill [B11D 2023] (s75) and of Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on amendments proposed by National Council of Provinces 

5. Consideration of Reports of PC on Mineral Resources and Energy, Home Affairs and Police on Joint oversight visit on illegal mining to five South African Provinces

6. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Auditor-General on Draft Notice Determining the Remuneration of Auditor-General of South Africa 

7. Consideration of Report of PC on Communications and Digital Technologies on Draft Notice Determining Remuneration of Councillors of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) 

8. Debate on Youth Day: Decisive action to accelerate socio-economic opportunities to transform the lives of the youth


15:00 – ±19:45 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Questions for Oral Reply: Cluster 1 – Peace and Security 

2. Consideration of Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on Appointment of National Council for Correctional Services in terms of Section 83(2) (h) of Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998

3. Debate on Transformation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association


14:00 – ±17:00 MINI-PLENARY SESSIONS (VIRTUAL) Mini-plenary 1: 

1. Subject for discussion (Mr M G Mahlaule): Overcoming challenges in the mining sector, to ensure the development of a transformed sector with local beneficiation as strategies to realise inclusive economic growth (90) 

2. First Reading debate – Relocation of the Seat of Parliament Bill [B 29 – 2022] (s76) (Mr J S Malema) (54) 

Mini-plenary 2: 

3. Subject for discussion (Ms F A Masiko): The role of society in mainstreaming the concerns and needs of persons with disabilities (90) 

4. Subject for discussion (Ms L L van der Merwe): The ever-growing crisis of cross-border crime, immigration management failures in general, and the dire impact thereof on communities and the safety and security of the State (90) 


One committee meeting worth highlighting is a two-fold briefing the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition will be giving the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry. The meeting will be on the government’s response to the recent grey listing of South Africa by the Financial Action Task Force, as well as the progress on implementing recommendations made in the State Capture Commission’s Report.

TUESDAY, 13 JUNE 2023 

Portfolio Committee on Tourism, (National Assembly), [(08:00 –10:00) Status report by Development Bank of South Africa as an implementing agent for Tourism infrastructure projects for the Department of Tourism; (10:00-13:00) Briefing by South African Tourism on First and Second Quarter Performance Report for 2022/23 financial year; Consideration of minutes], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 08:00-13:00 

Standing Committee on Appropriations, (National Assembly), [Consideration and Adoption of draft report on the oversight visit to Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency South Africa from 27 to 31 March 2023], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on its Corporate Plan 2023-2026 and follow-up on matters that were referred to the SIU (09:00-10:45); Briefing by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) on its 2020-21 Annual Report (10:45-12:30); Consideration and adoption of the draft Committee third term programme; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings; Member training on e-voting (15 minutes)], Committee Room S12A, Ground Floor, NCOP Building, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DTIC and the CIPC on their response to the recent grey listing of South Africa by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); Briefing by the DTIC and the CIPC on progress made in implementing recommendations emanating from the State Capture Commission’s Report; Consideration of 3rd quarter programme], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:30 

Select Committee on Finance, (National Council of Provinces), [Consideration of policy issues and clause by clause consideration of the Financial Matters Amendment Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 10:00-13:00 

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Update by Presidency on the investigation reports submitted by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU)], Committee Room M514, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, 09:30-13:00 


Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration, Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Council of Provinces), [Negotiating Mandates: Department of Transport responses to the written submissions Economic Regulation of Transport Bill [B 1B2020 (s76)], National Road Traffic A/B [B 7B-2020] (s76)]; National Land Transport A/B [B 7F-2016] (s76), and Expropriation Bill [B 23B-2020] (s76)], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00- 13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Protection of Critical Infrastructure, Police deployment at critical infrastructure; Implementation of Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (including surveillance monitoring); Regulations, Critical Infrastructure Council; Crime Investigations against saboteurs], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the Department of Transport and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) on board and administrative concerns raised in writing to the Committee and in media reports on alleged irregularities and proposed disciplinary action flowing from the Morar Inc Report (09:00- 10:45); Deliberations on the Railway Safety Bill [B 7-2021] (10:45-12:30); Consideration and adoption of the Committee report on the Department of Transport 2022/23 fourth quarter expenditure (12:30-12:45); Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, 09:00- 13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, (National Assembly), [Briefing on Project Framework for implementation of recommendations emanating from the North West Oversight Report; Seminar on The Future of Social Economy and SMMEs in South Africa: Impact of Load shedding, solar panels, SMMEs and cooperatives; Consideration and adoption of minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30- 13:00 

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