JOHANNESBURG - The new National Assembly (NA) Rules Committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday, heard proposals that included the possible establishment of an oversight committee on the Presidency.
However, a statement from Parliament said: "Proposals to establish an oversight committee on the Presidency would be scheduled for discussion at a later date".
Other matters that the Rules Committee discussed and agreed on were "guidelines and determinations" for regular items on the agenda of NA plenary sittings, such as, the sequence for party participation in oral questions sessions with the president, his deputy and Cabinet ministers.
Guidelines were also agreed on how to establish the "Subcommittee on NA Rules" and establishing portfolio and standing committees.
In terms of the NA rules, the Speaker must, with the concurrence of the Rules Committee, establish a range of portfolio committees and assign a portfolio of government affairs to each committee, as well as determine a name and the composition in each case.