Committees

                  89. PETITIONS COMMITTEE

(1) There shall be established under Standing Order 89 a Petitions Committee which shall continue for the term of the Senate.

(2) The Petitions Committee shall, in accordance with these Standing Orders –

(a)  Consider petitions referred to it by either the Senate or the President, and obtain inputs or evidence thereon;

(b)  Exercise an oversight function over the executive authority and any organ of state through the receipt and consideration of petitions, including the implementation of legislation and thereby maintain their accountability to Parliament;

(c)  Perform other functions, tasks and duties as may be resolved by the Senate.

(3)The Petitions Committee may –

(a)  Call for papers, hear oral evidence, which may, by resolution of the committee, be recorded and transcribed;

(b)  Consult and liaise with Government ministries and departments;

(c)  Ensure the attendance of any person at a meeting of the committee in terms of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act of 1994; and

(d)  Establish sub-committees.

(4) Upon conclusion of business laid down for their consideration, the Petitions

Committee must adopt a report and may make recommendations to the Senate which shall then take final decisions.

Committee Membership:

  1. Hon. T.K.T. Matela                                                                          Chairperson
  2. Hon. N.L. Bereng
  3. Hon. S.S. Nkuebe
  4. Hon. J.A. Mots’oene
  5. Hon. L.M. Seeiso
  6. Hon. M.S. Moholobela
  7. Hon. M.L.Q. Majara
  8. Hon.A.N.Bereng
  9. Hon. M.T. Makhaola
  10. Hon. S.B. Seeiso
  11. Hon. S.M.G. Masupha
  12. Hon. M.Lebesa
  13. Hon.Senator M.Maama

SECRETARIAT                                   Ms. M. Moorosi

90.            LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

(1) There shall be established under this Standing Order a Legislation Committee which shall continue for the term of the Senate.

(2) The Legislation Committee shall, in accordance with these Standing Orders –

(a)  Consider bills, subordinate laws tabled in accordance with Section 27A of the Interpretation Act No. 19 of 1977 as amended, or other matters which are referred to it by the President or by resolution of the Senate;

(b) Consider and investigate the constitutionality,  legality,  conflicting provisions  and offensiveness of bills or subordinate laws or any provision thereof; and

(c) Perform other functions, tasks and duties as may be resolved by the Senate.

(3) The Legislation Committee may –

(a) Call for papers, hear oral evidence, which may, by resolution of the committee, be recorded and transcribed;

(b) Consult and liaise with Government ministries and departments;

(c) Ensure the attendance of any person at a meeting of the committee in terms of the        Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act of 1994; and

      (d) Establish sub-committees.

(4) Upon conclusion of business laid down for their consideration, the Legislation Committee must adopt a report and may make recommendations to the Senate which shall then take final decisions.

Committee Membership

  1. Hon. M.M. Moshoeshoe
  2. Hon. J.A. Mots’oene
  3. Hon. M.T. Mohale
  4. Hon. K.L.K. Theko
  5. Hon. R.P.L. Peete                                                    Chairperson
  6. Hon. S.S. Nkuebe
  7. Hon. L.L. Seeiso
  8. Hon. B.G. Api
  9. Hon. A.N. Bereng
  10. Hon. T.Au
  11. Hon. S.B. Seeiso
  12. Hon. S.M.G. Masupha
  13. Hon.Prof. N.Rapapa
  14. Hon.Prof.N.Mahao

SECRETARIAT                                   Ms. M.  Lehloenya

91.            PARLIAMENTARY REFORMS COMMITTEE

(1) There shall be established a Parliamentary Reforms Committee (PRC) which shall
from time to time

(a) Be guided by the Terms of References as laid down in the official

launch document of the Parliamentary Reforms Programme on 15th November 2004;

(b) Review the practices and procedures; and

(c)Recommend any other relevant reforms as may be deemed necessary.

(2) The President shall determine the Senators to be members of this Committee.

(3) The committee shall continue for the term of Parliament.

Committee Membership

  1. Hon. President of the Senate
  2. Hon. Vice President of the Senate
  3. Hon. Leader of the Senate
  4. Hon. Government Whip.
  5. Hon. R.P.L. Peete
  6. Hon. L.M. Seeiso
  7. Hon. T.Au
  8. Hon. M.T. Mohale
  9.  Hon. L.L. Seeiso                                                                              Chairperson
  10. Hon. K.L.K. Theko
  11. Hon. M.T. Makhaola
  12. Hon. S.B. Seeiso
  13. Hon.Senator Prof.N.Mahao
  14. Hon.Senator M.Maama

SECRETARIAT                       Ms. M.Moorosi

Sustainable Development Goals Committee (SDGs)

The committee shall:

  1. Be familiar and knowledgeable with the SDGs.
  2. Facilitate broad based parliamentary advocacy, debate and discussion of SDG and sustainable development issues including the post 2015 development framework.
  3. Play watchdog role providing a platform for Parliament to monitor and evaluate Government programmes and initiatives toward achieving the SDGs by 2015.
  4. Scrutinize development policies, projects, budget and legislative bills related to SDGs and sustainable development.
  5. Arrange workshops and stakeholder forums where the Executives implementation of SDG policies and plans is reviewed.
  6. Facilitate public participation of a broad range of stakeholders in committee activities through public hearings and outreach programmes.
  7. Prepare and table occasional reports on committee inquiries, findings and recommendations before the Senate.
  8. Perform any other functions, tasks and duties as may be resolved by the Senate.
  9. Tracking National MSGs progress and other SDGs related reports and projects.

Powers of the Committee:

In furtherance of the above-mentioned functions, the committee shall have the following powers:

  1. Call for persons, papers and records from related ministries, stakeholders  and NGOs
  2. Hear testimonies and oral evidence, which may by resolution of the committee be recorded and transcribed.
  3. Ensure the attendance of any person at a meeting of the committee in terms of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act of 1994.
  4. Consult and liaise with Government ministries and departments.
  5. Seek expert advice and public submissions from interested persons and bodies.
  6. Conduct research and investigations.
  7. Travel outside of Senate, visit stakeholders, undertake inspections and hold public hearings.

Membership of the Committee

  1. Hon.  P.S.Mathealira
  2. Hon. M.T. Mohale
  3. Hon. M.M. Moshoeshoe
  4. Hon. R.P.L. Peete
  5. Hon. K.E. Mojela
  6. Hon. N.L. Bereng
  7. Hon. K.L.K. Theko                                                                            Chairperson
  8. Hon. Prof.N.Rapapa
  9. Hon. J.A.  Mots’oene
  10.  Hon. M.L.Q. Majara
  11. Hon.L.Hlaele
  12. Hon.M.Hloaele
  13. Hon.Senator M.Maama

SECRETARIAT                       Ms. N.L. Thamae