On the 29 October 2019, the National Assembly took a resolution to resume the proceedings of the Defence Amendment Bill which lapsed on the last sitting day of the sixth session of the fifth Parliament. On Wednesday 27 November, the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans considered and adopted an interim report on the Defence Amendment Bill, B 18 of 2017 whereby the committee requested permission from the National Assembly to effect the proposed section 103 amendment to the Bill.
This Bill in question comes back to this from the NCOP. The Select Committee on Security and Justice had considered the Bill and proposed one amendment informed by presentation by the Department of Defence and Military Veterans. The department had proposed an amendment to Section 103(1), amendment of the Principal Act. The proposed amendment relates to a board of enquiry in relation to absence without leave and falls outside the