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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)

Chapter 6 : Provinces

Provincial Legislatures

118. Public access to and involvement in provincial legislatures


(1) A provincial legislature must—
(a) facilitate public involvement in the legislative and other processes of the legislature and its committees; and
(b) conduct its business in an open manner, and hold its sittings, and those of its committees, in public, but reasonable measures may be taken—
(i) to regulate public access, including access of the media, to the legislature and its committees; and
(ii) to provide for the searching of any person and, where appropriate, the refusal of entry to, or the removal of, any person.


(2) A provincial legislature may not exclude the public, including the media, from a sitting of a committee unless it is reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society.