Show simple item record Malapane, A. Madue, M. 2019-06-04T15:12:26Z 2019-06-04T15:12:26Z 2018
dc.description Journal article published in the 3rd Annual International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives 04 - 06 July 2018, Stellenbosch University, Saldahna Bay, South Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract The legislative sector in the democratic South Africa continues to receive more attention in the public discourse. It has become a subject of interest from various sectors of society not limited to civil society, academics and the media. This interest recognises the importance of the work of the legislature, especially in holding the executive accountable amid an emerging tendency of lack of accountability. In the midst of the attention that the legislative sector receives; questions come to light about its effectiveness. This is mainly regarding whether legislatures have the ability and capacity to hold the executive to account. This paper argues that questions on the effectiveness of legislatures should be directed to the work of committees. Committees are central to the work of legislatures, and they are regarded as the engine rooms. Recently, the work of committees, particularly in the South African parliament, has been on the spotlight, with various inquiries hosted. Yet, questions on the effectiveness of committees persist. Hence, the article provides an empirical analysis on the effectiveness of portfolio committees at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL). The study has employed a qualitative approach, with the data collected utilising semi-structured interviews, participant observation and document analysis. The findings of this article suggest that to a certain extent, oversight is performed better in committees of the legislature. There are improved relations between the Gauteng government departments and committees. The departments are responsive; yet there are still challenges leading to the illusion of accountability, with limited or no consequences. The study recommends inter alia, follow-up on oversight activities; action against the executive’s reluctance; and strengthening the role of research. en_US
dc.format.extent 10 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives (IPADA) en_US
dc.relation.requires pdf en_US
dc.subject Accountability en_US
dc.subject Committees en_US
dc.subject Democracy en_US
dc.subject Legislature en_US
dc.subject Oversight en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Legislative oversight -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Government accountability en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Legislative bodies -- Committees en_US
dc.title Legislative oversight in the democratic South Africa : an analysis of the effectiveness of portfolio committees en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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