Role of the Legislature
Committees have the power to summon MECs and Department officials to answer questions relating to spending of budgets allocated to departments by the Legislature including the delivery of services to the public. The MECs must be prepared to answer difficult questions on how they are delivering services to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and how monies are spent in terms of appropriated budgets and annual plans. Committees can also undertake investigations into activities by government departments and such investigations are often open to the public.
The Legislature allows the people of KwaZulu-Natal to participate in law-making and oversight processes. It is a Constitutional requirement that the Provincial Legislature affords citizens an opportunity to partake in legislative processes.