A dynamic people’s assembly for good governance, to deepen and advance sustainable and
transformative development towards effective service delivery.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature (ECPL) strives to deepen democracy, promote development
Legislature subscribes to the following values:
build a better life for all through law-making, effective public participation and vigorous oversight. The
Loyalty: Unswerving allegiance and support to the citizens and government;
Commitment: A pledge / commitment to perpetuate the cause of freedom;
Accountability: Being answerable for one’s actions;
Integrity: Being honourable and following ethical principles;
Excellence: Continuous improvement in performance and standards; and
Redress and Equity: Continuous improvement in performance and standards.
The core mandate of the ECPL is facilitating law making; ensuring public participation in the legislative
processes; and exercising oversight over the Executive and other organs of state. ECPL is also
responsible for furthering cooperative governance between provincial and local legislative institutions.
The oversight function and the opening of the doors of the Legislature to the public continue to be
important areas of the Legislature’s activities. Bills brought before the Legislature by departments are
scrutinized before they are tabled in the House for debate. In this process, the stakeholder’s views are
taken into account – either by inviting them to the Legislature or by holding meetings. These inputs are
also prepared in respect of national legislation through the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The
Legislature also ensures that departments spend voted funds in the prescribed manner through the
oversight function provided by portfolio committees.
The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: