The Clerk of the National Assembly is the senior-most permanent employee in the National Assembly. He sits at a table below the Speaker’s chair. The Clerk has a Deputy and is also assisted by a staff of Table Clerks. There is also staff of the Library, the Hansard Section, the Administration Section, the Accounts Section and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms.
Functions of Clerk of the National Assembly
The functions of the Clerk of the National Assembly include the following:
- Principal adviser to the Speaker and members of the National Assembly on rules, practices and procedures of Parliament
- Chief Accounting Officer of the National Assembly
- Administering the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance
- Keeping and circulating minutes of the proceedings of the House and its committees
- Preparing and circulating the daily agenda (Order Paper) of the business of the House
- Maintaining a record of votes, records, bills and other documents of the House
- Production of the official report of all speeches made in the House (Hansard)
- Providing clerks for other committees of the House
The Clerk of the National Assembly also has overall responsibility for Table Clerks, the Library, the Hansard Section, the Human Resource Section, the Administration Section and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms.
Clerk of the National Assembly: Ms. L. Ramohlanka.
Deputy Clerk of Senate: Mrs. M. Maluke.