South Africa’s Parliament pledged on Monday to make positive contributions to the advancement of the legislative sector on the continent.
This came as a South African parliamentary delegation was sworn in at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) at a PAP meeting in Midrand, Gauteng Province.
The delegation, led by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Thandi Modise, was among 71 new members of the PAP who were sworn in at the opening ceremony of the sixth Ordinary Session of the PAP on Monday morning.
“As the SA Parliament delegation, we are looking forward to continuing adding value to the various committees and plenaries of the PAP so that we strengthen the PAP’s role in improving the quality of lives of the people in our continent,” said Modise.
One of the main tasks facing the PAP was to “continue to push for the PAP to have legislative powers,” Modise said.
The continent’s legislative body currently has no law-making powers.
The theme for the PAP session, which will last until May 18, is: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”
Among other topics, the session will discuss the state of the African Union (AU), HIV/AIDS plans of action, the report on the AU’s year of combating corruption and the report on action on albinism in Africa.
The PAP has 255 members, representing 55 AU member states that have ratified Article 4 (2) of the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the PAP. Under the treaty, each state shall be represented by five members, of whom at least one should be a woman.
In October last year, the South African Parliament nominated five MPs to serve on the PAP for a two-year term. Enditem