Respect for Parliament and it’s oversight role

The Presidency wishes to remind public servants and persons serving in state-owned entities that they are all required to respect Parliament and abide by oversight requirements of Parliament at all times, without any exception.

As the country marks 20 years of the signing of the Constitution into the supreme law of the Republic, all public entities and departments are reminded to respect the other arms of the state – the Judiciary and Parliament. They are required to cooperate with the two institutions, guided by the Constitution and the law of the land.

Section 92 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states categorically that:

(1) The Deputy President and Ministers are responsible for the powers and functions of the executive assigned to them by the President.

(2) Members of the Cabinet are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament for the exercise of their powers and the performance of their functions.

(3) Members of the Cabinet must-

(a) act in accordance with the Constitution; and

(b) provide Parliament with full and regular reports concerning matters under

their control.

In this regard, the management and staff of government departments as well as board members, management and staff of state owned entities and companies are all accountable to Parliament for the functions assigned to their Ministers.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa fulfil their responsibilities to Parliament in full and with respect.

The President attended all four oral question sessions in Parliament and concluded with the last season on 23 November 2016. He also addressed the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on 18 November 2016 and answered questions for oral reply in the NCOP on 25 October 2016.

Similarly, the Deputy President also attended all his monthly question sessions in Parliament and concluded on Wednesday, 07 December 2016.

The President and Deputy President also lead and sit through the Presidency budget vote in the National Assembly each year.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa.

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