The provincial parliament derives its powers and functions from the constitution. In order to exercise those powers and fulfil its functions the constitution further allows the provincial parliament to organise its own arrangements and make its own rules as to how to deal with its constitutional obligations. Like all rules, circumstances may require changes to the rules. The House or parliament may change its rules as long as the changes happen within the parameters of the constitution.
The rules are normally drawn up by a senior committee of parliament called the Rules Committee, at the beginning of a new parliament ratified by the House.
There are numerous rules Members must adhere to. The rules are interpreted and enforced by the Speaker. Speakers’ decisions (called rulings) are also a source of procedure and practice and often fill the gaps in the standing rules.
To view the latest edition of the Standing Rules of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, click on the link below.