Parliament, Thursday, 26 August 2021 – At its meeting this morning, the National Assembly Programming Committee (NAPC) agreed to grant the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution a two-week extension to complete its work.

The request to extend the committee's work will serve before the sitting of the House this afternoon for its consideration and decision. The committee's mandate is due to expire on 30 August.

In her opening remarks of the meeting, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said she received an extensive briefing on some critical matters before the NAPC.

These include the pre-1994 legislation that has been receiving the attention of the Law Reform Commission, private members' business, coordination and effective processing of resolutions of Sectoral Parliaments, and ensuring that legislation passed by Parliament is assented to by the President within a reasonable time.

The Speaker, who came into office on Thursday last week following her election by the House, said she would make necessary interventions on all these matters.

The Speaker also acknowledged the NAPC as a critical element of Parliament's oversight machinery, calling it an "effective and efficient tool in coordinating the business of the Assembly."

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