Thursday, 21 April 2022 21:17

Parliament to establish ad hoc committee to oversee state of disaster.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday on the devastation caused by heavy flooding in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Parliament said on Thursday that National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and NCOP head Amos Masondo had received correspondence from Ramaphosa who called for a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament on a matter of public importance.

Ramaphosa said R1 billion had already been set aside but MPs would have to exercise oversight on any additional funds.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the loss of 435 lives and the damage caused to infrastructure would have an impact for all South Africans.

"The devastating flooding, damage and loss of life will have a profound impact, not just on those directly affected, but by all South Africans who all share the grief and despair for all those who lost loved ones."

She said ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina had proposed that an ad hoc committee be established to oversee the state of disaster.

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Chief Whips' Forum agreed.

There seems to be unanimous support for the establishment of such a committee.

The National Assembly will establish the committee at a sitting scheduled for Tuesday at 12:00.

The joint sitting comprising the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces will start at 14:00. Parties will be allowed to respond to Ramaphosa's address.