ANC deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude lamented a “tendency” of bills being delayed within government departments and being brought to parliament at a late stage.
She said this was “most problematic”, highlighting that when the court passes judgment on the delay, it will be against parliament and not those departments.
The IFP's Narend Singh indicated that it was unlikely for work on such a bill to start before February or March, as parliament normally deals with events like the state of the nation address before considering such legislative work.
He too urged Mapisa-Nqakula to write to the cabinet to consider the matter expeditiously.
For the African Christian Democratic Party's Steve Swart, this was “a matter of huge concern” not only because of the time limit but there was a tendency by the ConCourt not to grant any extensions of deadlines, he said.
“We need to take this up urgently and we need to regularly obtain feedback and closely monitor this, given that it is a major policy development required looking into the elections,” he said.
The ConCourt found that exclusive party proportional representation could no longer be used. The judgment, handed down in June 2020, gave parliament 24 months to correct a defect in the Electoral Act, which does not provide for independent candidates to stand for provincial and national elections.