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

Chapter 4 – Parliament

National Council of Provinces

72. Public access to and involvement in National Council

 

 

1) The National Council of Provinces must :
a) facilitate public involvement in the legislative and other processes of the Council 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 Council 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) The National Council of Provinces 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.