n Journal of Public Administration - The development of appropriate knowledge for amending money bills in a provincial legislature

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, puts Money Bills in an exceptional position. Only the member of the executive responsible for finance may introduce a Money Bill; and specific acts must be passed to prescribe a procedure for the amendment of Money Bills. Progress in this regard has been slow. One reason is that legislators as well as technocrats doubt whether legislators have sufficient expertise to play a meaningful role in the legislation of public finance. This article makes the case that legislators are in principle knowledgeable, and that they should consequently not leave the contents of financial legislation entirely in the hands of technocrats. Legislators, as representatives of the people, are competent to amend Money Bills. They can acquire the necessary knowledge and information know-how. Eleven disciplines of knowledge are identified. Knowledge-enhancing attitudes and values are crucial to the mastering of these disciplines. The knowing-how and knowing-that that specifically relate to legislating Money Bills pertains to revenue, but even more to allocation between the various departments. Provinces are advised to retain some elements of the , but to simplify it a great deal at the same time.

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