ANC proposal accepted

2008-03-19 00:00

Cape Town — Despite strong opposition from the DA, Parliament’s joint programme committee has accepted a proposal by the ANC, which seeks to change the parliamentary programme framework for 2008.

The proposal seeks to hold only two more plenary sessions after June 30, for the rest of 2008, consisting of a total of 15 sitting days, with the remaining time being allocated to committee and constituency periods for Members of Parliament.

ANC caucus spokesman Moloto Mothapo said yesterday that the framework will give committees sufficient time to process the approximately 102 bills that are currently before Parliament and are still to be introduced. "The proposal also gives more time for constituency work to allow MPs time to report back to their constituencies and to start the process of seeking a renewal of their mandate. Constituency work also affords public representatives the opportunity to engage in first-hand oversight to assess whether the laws they have passed and the budgets they have approved are, indeed, contributing to a better life for all South Africans."

Mothapo rejected the DA’s criticism that the proposals deprive MPs of the opportunity to exercise their oversight role. "The DA ignores the fact that constituency work is itself a powerful tool for holding the executive accountable. Parliament passes legislation,

appropriates resources, exercises oversight and serves as a forum for national debate. At various junctures the time allocated to one or more of these roles will vary. This should in no way detract from the importance of other aspects of Parliament’s work…"

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.