DA lobbies support for ad hoc committee on state capture

2017-06-08 18:40
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen. (Netwerk24)

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance is lobbying other parties in Parliament to support the establishment of an ad hoc committee into state capture.

"I have today distributed the DA’s draft resolution on the establishment of an ad hoc committee on state capture... to all parties for consideration," said DA chief whip John Steenhuisen in a statement on Thursday. 

The DA has also asked Speaker Baleka Mbete's office to place such a matter on the National Assembly's order paper as a matter of urgency.

The motion will now be discussed in the Chief Whips' Forum, with a view to having it scheduled at the next meeting of the National Assembly Programme Committee.

"South Africans are punch-drunk by the seemingly endless revelations about state capture and the astonishing influence the Gupta family wields over President Jacob Zuma and members of his executive," said Steenhuisen.

"I believe there is broad consensus that a thorough investigation into these allegations is long overdue and submit that Parliament is best placed to undertake it."

Steenhuisen said Parliament was duty-bound by the Constitution to oversee the exercise of executive authority, and that the recently leaked emails - the so-called #GuptaLeaks - showed that there had been undue influence on the executive.

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This had to be laid bare and interrogated, said Steenhuisen.

'We dare not fail them'

According to Steenhuisen, an ad hoc committee is the perfect vehicle to look into state capture, as the committee can summon any document to be served before it, summon any person to appear before it under oath, receive petitions or submissions from interested persons, and conduct public hearings.

"This committee will be empowered to call President Zuma and the Guptas to give testimony, and should not hesitate to do so," he said.

"We call on all parties represented in Parliament to support the establishment of this ad hoc committee and to participate in the project of putting an end to state capture, once and for all. South Africans are looking to Parliament to tackle this crisis and we dare not fail them."

The ANC wants a judicial inquiry into state capture.

The DA also laid criminal charges against Zuma, the Guptas and others last week.

DA MP and transport spokesperson Manny de Freitas has also said he will open a criminal case against Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi on Friday, on the back of allegations that he may have benefited from R150m in contracts from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) when he was chairperson.

The EFF will on Friday lay criminal charges against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and other people involved in the alleged corruption around Transnet's locomotives deal. 

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