This week in Parliament: Public Protector and governance cluster
Sep 11, 2023

It is busy week in parliament with an especially full agenda for the National Assembly.

On Monday the assembly will decide the fate of the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, after the committee that investigated her fitness to hold office recommended her removal. 

On Tuesday the governance cluster will be answering questions. The cluster consists of the Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; the Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities; the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies; and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; and the Minister of Public Service and Administration. The Minister of Public Service and Administration will be asked about the public wage increases announced earlier this year and about what cost-cutting measures are considered to implement the increases.

On committee level, public hearings on the Public Procurement Bill will take place on Tuesday. The bill prescribes a framework within which preferential contracting for goods and services by organs of state must be implemented.

The Portfolio Committee on Police will on Wednesday be updated by the SAPS on progress made on investigations relating to the State Capture Commission.


1. Parliamentary Programme 

MONDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

14:00 – ±16:45 PLENARY (Cape Town City Hall) (fully physical) 

Consideration of Recommendation for Removal of Adv B Mkhwebane from the office of Public Protector in terms of section 194(1)(c) of the Constitution (Report of Committee on Section 194 Enquiry established in terms of NA Rule 129 

TUESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

14:00 – ±18:15 PLENARY (HYBRID) 

1. Consideration of Draft notice and Schedule determining the rate, with effect from 1 April 2022, at which salaries, allowances and benefits are payable to Magistrates annually, for approval by Parliament in terms of section 12(1) of Magistrates Act, 1993 (Act No 90 of 1993) 

2. Consideration of Draft notice and Schedule determining the rate, with effect from 1 April 2022, at which salaries, allowances and benefits are payable to Constitutional Court judges and other judges annually, for approval by Parliament in terms of section 2(4) of Judges’ Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act, 2001 (Act No 47 of 2001) 

3. Consideration Draft notice and Schedule determining the rate, with effect from 1 April 2022, at which salaries and allowances are payable to Commissioners of South African Human Rights Commission annually, for approval by Parliament in terms of section 9(1) of South African Human Rights Commission Act, 2013 (Act No 40 of 2013) 

4. Consideration of Draft notice and Schedule determining the rate, with effect from 1 April 2022, at which salaries and allowances are payable to Public Protector and Deputy Public Protector annually, for approval by Parliament in terms of section 2(2)(a) and 2A(5)(a) of Public Protector Act, 1994 

5. Decision of Questions on Reports of: 

PC on Transport on A petition from residents of Ukhahlamba Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal province, calling on the Assembly to investigate the state of roads in their communities (submitted by Mr R A Lees, MP) 

PC on Transport on Public Protector Report No 37 of 2018-19 on a systemic investigation into allegations of illegal conversion of goods-carrying Toyota Quantum panel vans into passenger-carrying mini bus taxis to transport members of public for reward and matters related thereto 

Standing Committee on Finance on Oversight visit to Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank) 

PC on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province from 29 to 31 March 2023 

PC on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Oversight visit to Eastern Cape Province on 3-8 July 2022 

PC on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Oversight visit to Makana from 16-19 September 2022 

PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on Commission for Gender Equality Report on Government’s Emergency Response Action Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide 

Standing Committee on the Auditor-General on Oversight visit to Auditor- General of South Africa in Pretoria 

Request for Approval of Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education 

PC on Water and Sanitation on Follow-up visit to Limpopo Province to assess progress on the Giyani bulk water project from 18 – 19 April 2023 

PC on Basic Education on Oversight visit to Mpumalanga Provincial Education Department 

PC on Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 2021/22 Annual Reports of National Skills Fund, Services Sector Education and Training Authority, Insurance Seta and Construction Education and Training Authority 

WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

15:00 – 18:00 PLENARY (HYBRID)
Questions for oral reply: Cluster 3: Governance 

THURSDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

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

1. Draft resolution (Dr P J Groenewald): Establishment of an ad hoc committee on the alarming increase in the number of attacks and murders of farmers and farm workers (90) 

2. Subject for discussion (Mr N L S Kwankwa): The benefits of a policy approach that is focused on the informal economy to address inequality, poverty and unemployment in South Africa (90) 

Mini-plenary 2: 

3. Subject for discussion (Ms J Hermans): The importance of multilateralism in advancing inclusive growth and sustainable development for the South African economy (90) 

4. Subject for discussion (Mr V Zungula): The impact of unregulated informal sector that gives rise to the circulation of counterfeit products, illicit cash flows and other security vulnerabilities to the country (90) 

Mini-plenary 3: 

5. Subject for discussion (Ms A K Ramolobeng): Assessing progress in strengthening the criminal justice system in the fight against crime and corruption (90) 

6. First Reading debate – Constitution Nineteenth Amendment Bill [B17- 2023](s74(3)) (Chief Whip of the Opposition) (54) 

FRIDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

10:00 – ±13:00 MINI-PLENARY SESSIONS (VIRTUAL) 

Mini-plenary 1: 

1. Consideration of Report of PC on Small Business Development on oversight visit to North West Province from 27 – 31 March 2023 (ATC, 29 May 2023, p 3) (49) 

2. Consideration of Report of PC on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and PC on Employment and Labour on Joint oversight on living and working conditions in farming communities (ATC, 10 November 2022, p 23) (49) 

3. Consideration of Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Oversight visit to Department of Defence and institutions in Gauteng Province from 19 to 22 April 2022 (ATC, 24 November 2022, p 4) (49) 

4. Consideration of Report of PC on Communications and Digital Technologies on Oversight visit to Gauteng and Free State from 29 to 31 March 2023 (ATC, 15 June 2023, p 22) (49) 

Mini-plenary 2: 

5. Consideration of Request for Approval by Parliament of Treaty for the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) (Report of PC on Health, see ATC, 26 May 2023, p 6) (49) 

6. Consideration of Request for Approval of African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development (Report of PC on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, see ATC, 2 May 2023, p 5) (49) 

7. Consideration of Report of PC on Sport, Arts and Culture on A petition from artists and members of the public, calling on the Assembly to investigate the commissioning by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture of the Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra at an estimated cost of R54 million (submitted by Mr T W Mhlongo, MP) (ATC, 3 March 2023, p 92) (49) 

8. Consideration of Report of PC on Human Settlements on Oversight visit to Northern Cape and North West Provinces (ATC, 31 May 2023, p 38) (49) 

Mini-plenary 3: 

9. Consideration of Report of PC on Justice and Correctional Services on Oversight visits to Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Free State Provinces (ATC, 11 October 2022, p 3) (49) 

10. Consideration of Report of PC on Defence and Military Veterans on Oversight visit to selected military bases and DMV housing sites in Bloemfontein area from 23 – 25 November 2022 (ATC, 3 March 2023, p 3) (49) 

11. Consideration of Report of PC on Police on oversight visit to Northern Cape and Gauteng Provinces on 21 and 22 May 2023 (ATC, 31 May 2023, p 27) (49) 

12. Consideration of Report of PC on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on A petition from the Post Office to Parliament Task Team and the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation, calling on the Assembly to establish the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (submitted by Ms N K Sharif, MP) (ATC, 6 September 2022, p 118) (49) 


2. Committee Programme

TUESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Public hearings on the Public Procurement Bill], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Responses from Department of Transport on written and oral submissions on the Marine Oil Pollution (Preparedness, Response and Cooperation) Bill [B10-2022]; Briefing by the Department of Transport on its 2023/24 first quarter expenditure; Consideration and adoption of minutes of proceedings], Committee Room M314, Third Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DTIC on the Black Industrialist Programme in relation to jobs and industrial output], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy, (National Assembly), 

[Clause-by-clause on the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill [B13 – 2021]], Committee Room M515, Fifth Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:00 

Standing Committee on Public Accounts, (National Assembly), [Briefing by SIU and Hawks regarding the intelligence report commissioned by the former GCEO on the Eskom; Meeting with Brig Burger on the Eskom related investigations], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-13:30 

Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, (National Assembly), [Consideration and adoption of the Motion of Desirability; Deliberations on the Climate Change Bill [B9-2022] clause by clause], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30- 13:30 

Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, (National Assembly), [Response of the Minister of Public Enterprises to the allegations submitted by the suspended Director- General of Public Enterprises], Committee Room 1, Upper Ground Floor, 90 Plein Street Building, Parliament, 10:00 

WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, (National Assembly), 

[Briefing by the DPWI on the efforts to appoint suitably capacitated personnel in the PMTE to: Deal with material errors in the Immovable Asset Register, and establish and maintain the IAR as complete and accurate as part of a clean audit for the PMTE; Negotiate with the National Treasury on a review of the user charge model on leasing out to client departments; Develop a funding strategy composed of short-term quick wins worth over R1 billion, and long term value creation scenarios; and Develop a financial model centred on the componentisation of the IAR to unlock more value from the property portfolio], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-12:00 

Standing Committee on Finance, (National Assembly), [Public hearings on the Public Procurement Bill], Committee Room M46, Ground Floor, Marks Building, Parliament, 09:00-12:00 

Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation, (National Assembly), [Briefing by the DSI/ Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the South African Mining Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation Strategy and the Mandela Mining Precinct], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Police, (National Assembly), [Briefing by SAPS on the resourcing of the Public Order Policing Units and continuation of discussions on implementation plan; Update on progress on investigations relating to the State Capture Commission; DPCI and IPID], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:00-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, (National Assembly), 

[Briefing by the Content Advisor and Researcher on the summary analysis of the submissions received for Public Administration Management Amendment Bill [B10 – 2023] and Public Service Amendment Bill [B13 -2023]; Consideration and adoption of the minutes], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:00 

Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, (National Assembly), [Continuation of Deliberations on the Climate Change Bill [B9-2022] clause by clause; Briefing by the South African Weather Service on the 2022/23 on the Third and Fourth Term Quarterly Reports for the 2022/23 financial year], Virtual Meeting Platform, 09:30-13:30 

THURSDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2023: 

Portfolio Committee on Transport, (National Assembly), [Meeting with the City of Cape Town and SANTACO Western Cape on the minibus taxi strike], Virtual Meeting Platform, 19:00-21:00 (after NA plenary) 

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