Another vital function of Parliament is to encourage and facilitate participation from you, the people, in the process of Parliament. In fact, the constitution says that there must be public participation in what goes on in Parliament. After all, the word “Parliament” comes from the word meaning “to speak”. So make sure you make your voice heard in Parliament and in the provincial legislatures.
Parliament provides a national forum for the public consideration of issues and facilitates the involvement of the public in the processes of Parliament. The access to the institution and its members and information provided to the public remain a vital focus of Parliament. Public participation activities include public hearings, outreach programmes, radio programmes and broadcasts, television broadcasts, publications, newsletters, promotional material, the website, the People's Assembly, the Taking Parliament to the People programme, the Women's Parliament and the Youth Parliament (sectoral parliaments).
HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PARLIAMENT?
Since the advent of democracy in 1994 it has become possible for all citizens to get involved in what is happening in Parliament. It is up to each of us to make full use of all the opportunities we have to try to influence the decisions that our political representatives make at national, provincial and local level.
DIRECT WAYS OF INFLUENCING PARLIAMENT
INDIRECT WAYS OF INFLUENCING PARLIAMENT
- Keeping yourself informed
- Joining a political party
- Lobbying outside Parliament