Sitting of the House, Parys Tumahole !
30 November 2017
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The Free State Legislature currently has 30 MPLs and is situated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State Province. Currently, there are 22 MPLs for the African National Congress, 2 MPLs Ecomonic Freedom Fighters (EFF) official opposition 5 MPLs for the Democratic Alliance (DA) – and 1 MPLs for the Freedom Front plus.
South Africa will this year celebrate the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo. Oliver Tambo was born in the Nkantolo village outside Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on 27 October 1917. He is the late former President of the African National Congress and one of the key founding fathers of South Africa’s liberation and constitutional democracy.
Vision: An Activist Legislature that champions democracy
good governance and a culture of human
rights through public participation, law-making and oversight that is vigilant, dynamic,
proactive and responsive.
The powers, functions and responsibilities of Provincial Legislatures are set out in Chapter 6 of the
Constitution. The legislative power of Provincial Legislatures is defined by section 114 of the Constitution.
In exercising its legislative power, the Free State Provincial Legislature may consider, pass, amend or reject
any bill. It may also initiate or prepare legislation, except money bills.
The Constitution also provides for a specific relationship between the Provincial Legislature and the Provincial Executive. Section 142 mandates the Provincial Legislature to exercise oversight over the Provincial Executive by putting in place mechanisms to ensure that all provincial organs of state in the province are accountable to it.
These constitutional powers, functions and responsibilities are detailed in Rules 127 to 130 of the Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislature.
Provincial Legislatures are obliged by the Constitution to conduct their business in an open manner and to facilitate public involvement in these processes. The constitutional limitations within which a Provincial Legislature must operate is further provided for in section 104(3) as follows; “A provincial legislature is bound only by the Constitution and, if it has passed a constitution for its province, also by that constitution and must act in accordance with and within the limits of the Constitution and that provincial constitution.” Apart from these specific functions, Provincial Legislatures also play a broader role in the democratic system of government. They strengthen the system of representative government by increasing the overall opportunities for representation, and, as part of the structures of deliberation, they ensure that different perspectives on issues concerning and affecting societies are considered.
South Africa will this year celebrate the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo. Oliver Tambo was born in the Nkantolo village outside Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on 27 October 1917.
He is the late former President of the African National Congress and one of the key founding fathers of South Africa’s liberation and constitutional democracy.
The centenary celebrations will take place under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo” and are expected to run until December 2017. The celebrations will be used to draw lessons from his life and understand the qualities that made him succeed in uniting the ANC.
Tambo was the longest ever serving president of the ANC from 1969 to 1991. He has been described by President Jacob Zuma as a “solution oriented leader who always sought to move forward on the basis of building consensus”.
OR Tambo mobilised the international community to support our struggle against apartheid. He also led key processes from the Harare Declaration to the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
South Africa is today a constitutional democracy founded on the principles of human dignity and equal rights for everyone because of his leadership.
Speeches, statements and advisories:
Office of the Chief Whip 3rd Floor North Wing Tel: (051) 407 1135 Fax: (051) 448 5584
Office of the Chief Whip 7th Floor South Wing Tel: (051) 407 1234 Fax: (051) 403 8338
Office of the Chief Whip Fifth Floor South Wing Tel: (051) 407 1100 Fax: (051) 430 8338 More
Honorable Lucy Mapena Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee: Social Services in the Free State Legislature will be hosting a Christmas Party for Elderly People and the Rethabile Day Care children. Read more
The Free State Legislature is an activist legislature that champions democracy. The Legislature ensures that fundamental rights of the electorate and inhabitants of the Free State are protected; their integrity respected and that meaningful processes are in place to entrench their freedoms. So, the role played by the Legislature in this regard is to ensure that the Executive Council addresses political, socio-economic challenging the inhabitants of the province.
The responsibility of the Office of the Speaker is to execute authority in the Legislature through presiding over the proceedings of the House and ensure that resources allocated to the Legislature are utilized as per programmes of the Legislature.
The office is constituted by electing a Speaker during the sitting of the House – implying, the House will resolve to decide who should become the Speaker. The Office extends to the Office of the Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of Committees. It should be noted that the Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of Committee are Members of the Committee on Rules and Orders; and the Speaker the Chairperson of the committee.
As the leader of the House, the Speaker has the responsibility to:
Provide political leadership & strategic direction to the House.
Exercise impartiality at all times in pursuance of these duties.
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