NCOP to hold special sitting to consider 3 bills

Parliament is only set to officially start business for the new year later this month, so today’s National Council of Provinces’ plenary has been convened as a special sitting.

A screengrab the NCOP debating the land expropriation report on 5 December 2018.

CAPE TOWN – The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will on Thursday hold a special sitting to consider three bills, including the controversial Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill.

Parliament announced the plenary late on Wednesday.

The two other bills on today’s agenda are the Public Service Commission Amendment Bill and the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill.

Parliament is only set to officially start business for the new year later this month, so today’s National Council of Provinces’ plenary has been convened as a special sitting. It’s due to start at 11am.

Of the three bills up for consideration, the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill is the most controversial.

In November, the ANC’s stalwarts and veterans warned that while it went some way to restoring the dignity of the Khoisan people it would “further empower chiefs and traditional leaders” to sign deals with mining and other companies “without the consent of people whose land rights are affected”.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)