6 May 2019
The Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Amendment Act has been assented to.
Published in Government Gazette 42443, the act provides that the arrest and removal of a person creating a disturbance on the parliamentary precinct, as ordered by a presiding officer, does not apply to a member.
The bill was tabled in parliament in June 2018.
It was drawn up by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act.
Parliament passed the bill and sent it for assent in March 2019.
The act seeks to amend the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act of 2004, so as to:
• amend a deﬁnition;
• provide that the arrest and removal, on the order of a presiding officer, of a person who creates or takes part in any disturbance on the precincts is not applicable to a member;
• provide that a provincial legislature may choose to either appoint a standing committee or establish an ad hoc committee to deal with disciplinary action against members of a provincial legislature for contempt of that provincial legislature;
• provide that the Speaker of a provincial legislature exercises control and authority over the precincts on behalf of that provincial legislature;
• clarify vague sections in the Act;
• effect technical and grammatical corrections; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.
The act is now in effect.