Our values guide the management of Parliament. Our values are formed by that which we treasure and hold dear. It forms the foundation that will give rise to policies, which provide guidance in the implementation of everyday services and projects. The values of Parliament are derived from the role that Parliament plays in the context of our democracy. Therefore our values are formed by the people of South Africa, the Constitution, our co-operation with other arms of government, and our will to act with professionalism and good institutional governance.
We keenly believe in the following:
|We subscribe to social justice, fundamental human rights and the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom as listed in the Bill of Rights, a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa.|
|We respect all our people, honour our integrity and are committed to service delivery. |
|We co-operate with other spheres of government. |
|Professionalism and good institutional governance|
We are accountable and transparent, provide value for money, are customer-focused and strive for the highest service quality.
We are, firstly, guided by all the values and principles embedded in the Constitution – our foundation for establishing a society based on democratic values, social justice, and fundamental human rights. We embrace and uphold the Bill of Rights, the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa which enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
We respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights, where everyone is equal before the law, has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected; where everyone has the right to life, freedom and security, and where no one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour; where everyone has the right to privacy, freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion; where everyone has the right to freedom of expression, the right to assemble and demonstrate, and freedom of association.
Secondly, we honour and respect the people of South Africa, believing that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. We believe in building our democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people, aimed at improving the quality of life of all citizens and to free the potential of each person. We are responsive to the needs of the people, and are committed to service delivery and acting with integrity.
As part of the three arms of government, Parliament is committed to co-operate with the other arms of government to provide effective, transparent, accountable and coherent government for the Republic as a whole. We preserve the peace, national unity and indivisibility of the Republic, and secure the well being of the people of South Africa. We are loyal to the Constitution, the Republic and its people, and respect the constitutional status, institutions, powers and functions of government in other spheres. We are committed to not assume any power or function except those conferred on Parliament in terms of the Constitution, and to exercise our powers and perform our duties in a manner that does not encroach on the geographical, functional or institutional integrity of government in another sphere. We co-operate with other government arms and spheres in mutual trust and good faith by fostering friendly relations, assisting and supporting one another, informing one another of, and consulting one another on matters of common interest. We co-ordinate our actions with one another, adhere to agreed procedures, and avoid legal proceedings against one another.
Professionalism and good institutional governance
Parliament as an institution is committed to being a professional organisation with good governance. We are committed to being accountable and transparent, provide value for money, and are customer-focused. We commit ourselves to a good work ethic and strive for the highest service quality.