CAPE TOWN, The South African Parliament is to investigate allegations of State capture contained in the leaked e-mails of members of the influential Guptas family which implicate various Cabinet ministers.
The Chairman of National Assembly Committees, Cedric Frolic, has written to the Chairpersons of the Parliamentary Committees on Home Affairs (Interior), Mineral Resources, Public Enterprises and on Transport, advising them to ensure immediate engagement with the respective ministers.
Among the ministers named by Frolic are Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, Co-operative Governance and Local Government Minister Des Van Rooyen, Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. No deadline has been set for the inquiry but Parliament has asked the committees to begin the work urgently.
Parliament will this week look into the granting of citizenship by naturalization to some members of the Gupta family as well as strategies on how to tackle the inquiry into the affairs at State-owned power utility Eskom as requested by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s main opposition party.
The Department of Home Affairs (Interior) will brief the Oversight Committee on the granting of citizenship by naturalisation to members of the Gupta family. The department will give the committee details on the naturalization process and whether Parliament was informed officially.
Committee chairperson Lemias Mashile said the committee wanted facts and would not rely on media reports. It’s a matter that is current in the public domain and is a matter that requires correct information in order for the public to be properly informed rather than being informed by opinions of journalists, said Mashile.
On Wednesday, the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises will meet to discuss a format of the inquiry into Eskom, including possible witnesses to be called and terms of reference. Committee chairperson Zukiswa Rantho said the committee would not establish an ad hoc committee and the inquiry would be conducted the committee itself.
Regarding the re-appointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom chief executive officer, he said the committee would look at the point made about the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Browne, misleading Parliament.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK