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Ms Baleka Mbete, MP
Speaker of the National Assembly

Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, MP
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly

Overview

South Africans collectively crafted a Constitution, unique and far-reaching in its provisions, that is regarded as one of the best in the world. Among others, it establishes a wide range of constitutionally-protected institutions that are mandated to strengthen our democracy and promote respect for human rights, equality and freedom in our society.

Ten years after the attainment of democracy in our country, the Executive evaluated the progress made towards the consolidation of democracy and the promotion and protection of constitutional rights, values and principles in South Africa. On 21 September 2006, the National Assembly adopted a resolution establishing an ad hoc committee to review State institutions supporting constitutional democracy.

After extensive engagement with stakeholders such as government, Parliament, business and civil society, the ad hoc Committee under the guidance of Prof Kader Asmal submitted its report to the National Assembly on 31 July 2007. The report outlined a number of findings and made specific recommendations on ways in which the institutions could be improved to enhance performance and meaningful engagement with Parliament.

One of the recommendations called for the establishment of a Unit on Constitutional Institutions and other statutory bodies to be located in the Office of the Speaker. Subsequently, on 21 November 2008, the National Assembly adopted a resolution for the establishment of the Unit in order to strengthen its capacity to perform its function of oversight and accountability, relating to the Institutions Supporting Democracy, and to co-ordinate all activities between those Institutions and the National Assembly.

In September 2010, after extensive consultation with internal and external stakeholders, a Unit referred to as the Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy was established within the Office of the Speaker. In his address during the 2013 debate on Parliament’s Budget Vote, the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Max Sisulu, commented on the fact that the Office has provided invaluable support to Presiding Officers, Portfolio Committees and the ISDs. He said: "Since its establishment we have witnessed improved relations between Parliament and the ISDs. They have also expressed their satisfaction with the support and encouragement received from the office."

It is envisaged that the addition of the Unit will continue to serve as a meaningful contribution, with a view to nurturing and consolidating democracy, human dignity, equality and freedom in our country.

CHAPTER 9 AND ASSOCIATED STATUTORY BODIES
  1. Auditor General
  2. Commission for Gender Equality
  3. Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities
  4. Electoral Commission
  5. Financial and Fiscal Commission
  6. Independent Communication Authority of South Africa
  7. National Youth Development Agency
  8. Pan-South African Language Board
  9. Public Protector
  10. Public Service Commission
  11. Human Rights Commission


News

Chapter 9 Institutions ‘closer’ to Parliament
Since the establishment of the Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs), there has been a discernible improvement in the relationship between Parliament and the institutions, according to the Speaker of the National Assembly Mr Max Sisulu.
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Speeches and Articles

A Society for All!
The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007.
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Address by Speaker Baleka Mbete (MP) on the Occasion of the South African Human Rights Commission’s (Sahrc), 20 Year Anniversary: National Conference on Racism, Gallagher Estate, Midrand South Africa, 14 March 2016.
I am honoured to be part of this critical engagement on an issue that affects each one of us not only in South Africa, but indeed the rest of the world.
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Address by Speaker Baleka Mbete MP, on the occasion of the 14th International Festival of Language and Culture, Braamfontein, 21 April 2016.
I am delighted to join you at this, the 14th International Festival on Language and Culture. Thank you for this invitation.
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Role of Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy in Strengthening Public Accountability
I have been asked to speak on the role of the Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy (OISD) in strengthening public accountability.
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Address by National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu MP on the Occasion of the Farewell Luncheon in Honour of the Auditor-general Mr Terence Mncedisi Nombembe
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone, and especially our honoured guests, Mr Terence Mncedisi Nombembe, and his wife, Mrs Nokwanda Nombembe, to Parliament today.
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Vote of Thanks by Chairperson of the NCOP, Hon Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu at the Luncheon in Honour of the Outgoing Auditor-general, Mr Terence Nombembe in Parliament
I welcome the opportunity to thank all participants at this special ceremony to bid farewell to the outgoing Auditor-General, Mr. Terence Nombembe.
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30 October 2013 - Address by Speaker at the Roundtable Discussion on 30 October 2013
Let me welcome you all to this second meeting between Parliament and the Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs). It is indeed an honour for me to welcome you to Parliament for the opportunity to strengthen our relationship and to continue to find ways to improve on the working relations between Parliament and ISDs.
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19 June 2012 - Address by Deputy Speaker at the Induction of new Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Commissioners.
It is an honor for me to say a few words on this important occasion. In essence, the role of the Commission is to safeguard gender equality, with an equal emphasis on the status and well-being of both men and women.
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17 October 2011 - Role of Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy in Strengthening Public Accountability
I have been asked to speak on the role of the Office on Institutions Supporting Democracy (OISD) in strengthening public accountability.
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13 October 2011 - Speaking Notes for the Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo at the Farewell Lunch hosted for the Chairperson and Commissioners of the Independnet Electoral Commission (IEC), Parliament
This is a very special day for me, for us in the history of this Parliament. The history that is engraved with the footprints of our people who planted the seeds of freedom. The footprints of our people who fought for our Constitutional Democracy and laid the foundation for a better life for all.
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1 October 2010 - Address by Deputy Speaker Hon. Nomaindia Mfeketo MP at the Launch of the Umtata Regional Office of the Public Protector (PP)
It is an honour for me to address this occasion, the launch of the Umtata Regional Office of the PP.
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1 October 2010 - INtetho kaSekela-Somlomo oHloniphekileyo uNomaindia Mfeketo iLungu lePalamente kumsitho wokusungula ngokusesikweni i-ofisi yeNgingqi yaseMthatha yoMkhuseli woLuntu ngomhla
Kuliqhayiya kum ukuba ndibhekise amazwi kulo msitho wokusungula ngokusesikweni i-Ofisi yeNgqingi yoMkhuseli woLuntu.
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8 September 2010 - Address by Speaker Hon. Max Sisulu MP at the Meeting Between the Office of the Speaker and the Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISD)
Ten years after the attainment of democracy in our country, Parliament embarked in a process to evaluate the progress made towards the consolidation of democracy and the promotion and protection of constitutional rights, values and principles in South Africa.
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Reports / Publications

State of Capture - A Report of the Public Protector
Report on an investigation into alleged improper and unethical conduct by the President and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationship and involvement of the Gupta family in the removal and appointment of Ministers and Directors of State Owned Enterprises resulting in improper and possibly corrupt award of state contracts and benefits to the Gupta family’s businesses.
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Annexure A: Hearing held between the Public Protector South Africa and President Zuma, 6 October 2016

International Comparative Study on the Ombudsmen
An international comparative study on the Mandates; and Reporting and Accounting obligations of the Ombudsman as compared to the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission.
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OISD Report - Roundtable Meeting Between the Presiding Officers and Institutions Supporting Democracy
On 30 October 2013 a Roundtable Discussion took place in Parliament between the Presiding Officers of the National Assembly and Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs).
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Guide to the Work and Functions of ISDs
Emerging from a racially divided and oppressive past, South Africa crafted a Constitution that is unique and far reaching in its provisions. Amongst others, it established a number of independent and constitutionally protected institutions to strengthen democracy and to promote respect for human rights in our society.
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OISD Progress Report 2010 - 2012
In 2006, the National Assembly (NA) appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to review institutions established by Chapter 9 of the Constitution.
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Press Releases

Parliament to Host a Joint Farewell Function for the Outgoing Former Heads of Chapter Nine (9) Institutions
Members of the media are invited by Parliament’s Presiding Officers to attend the Joint Farewell Function for the four (4) outgoing former Heads of Chapter Nine (9) Institutions.
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Appointments to the Institutions Supporting Democracy
Appointments to the 11 Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs) are governed by the Constitution and specific laws applicable to the specific ISD. In some ISDs, the President appoints commissioners and heads of institutions.
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Parliament Hosts Handing Over of the IEC’s 2014 Atlas of Election Results
Parliament will host the Electoral Commission’s handover ceremony of the 2014 Atlas of National and Provincial Election Results on Tuesday, 16 February.
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Deputy Speaker Welcomes the IEC's Announcement on the 2016 Local Government Municipal Elections
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Reports of Death Threats Against Ms Mkhwanazi-Xaluva Disturbing
The Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly condemns the reported death threats directed at the Chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL), Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva.
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Presiding Officers Conclude the Workshop on the Ad Hoc Committee Report on the Chapter 9 and Associated Institutions
The Presiding Officers today successfully concluded a workshop on the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Chapter 9 and Associated Institutions.
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Presiding Officers Host a Workshop on the Ad Hoc Committee Report on the Chapter 9 and Associated Institutions
The Presiding Officers are today holding a workshop on the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Chapter 9 and Associated Institutions. The program includes presentations by some Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy (ISDs) and
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Parliament Supports Institutions Supporting Democracy
The Public Protector chose to address the National Assembly (NA) and its Speaker through the media instead of arranging direct engagement with Parliament.
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Legislative Sector in Historic Discussions with Institutions Supporting Democracy, Resolves to Pursue Aggressive Implementation of NDP
The Speakers’ Forum (the Forum) of the Republic of South Africa held its meeting today, 3 July 2015, at Elangeni Hotel in Durban.
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Speaking Notes – Honourable Speaker MV Sisulu, Roundtable Discussion with Institutions Supporting Democracy
Let me welcome you all to this second meeting between Parliament and the Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs).
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National Assembly Speaker and Deputy Speaker to Hold Discussions with Institutions Supporting Democracy
The Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Mr Max Sisulu, and the Deputy Speaker, Ms NomaIndiya Mfeketo, will tomorrow hold discussions with the Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs).
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