THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES
Parliamentary committees are established as instruments of the Houses in terms of the Constitution to facilitate oversight and monitor the government.
These committees are the “engine rooms” of Parliament’s oversight and legislative work.
Committees scrutinise legislation, oversee government action, and interact with the public.
One of the most important aspects of the oversight function is the consideration by committees of annual reports of organs of State, and reports of the Auditor-General.
Depending on the purpose of the oversight, the Committee will either request a briefing from the organ of State or visit it for fact-finding.