State capture will take centre stage in all parliamentary committees - DA

2017-08-01 18:26
John Steenhuisen (File, Netwerk24)

John Steenhuisen (File, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance is readying to up the pressure in all parliamentary portfolio committees to address allegations of state capture during the institution's third term.

The DA in Parliament held a press conference on Tuesday to outline its plans for the upcoming short term, with state capture taking centre stage, as well as the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Read more: Early elections 'better for SA' if Zuma loses no-confidence vote - DA

"The significance of Parliament's third term cannot be overstated. South Africa is confronted with an aggressive cancer called state capture, and those who enable and assist the looters have evaded accountability for far too long," DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said.

The party also called on vocal critics of state capture within the ANC to be bolder going forward.

"Even Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa seems to have found his voice, crowing that he will not 'remain silent' or 'turn a blind eye'.

"We say the deputy president, as leader of government business in Parliament, the time has come to speak out where and when it matters," Steenhuisen said.

Former ministers shielded

The DA believed that investigations into state capture should now be moved to all parliamentary committees.

The party was unhappy that House chairperson of committees Cedrick Frolick had instructed only four committees - that of Home Affairs, Transport, Public Enterprises and Mineral Resources - to look into state capture allegations in June.

"The DA will not accept any effort to limit the state capture probe and will instruct all of our members serving on any relevant committee to table any and all evidence of state capture," Steenhuisen continued.

"The emails will be tabled and committees will be forced to confront the allegations."

Read more about the #GuptaLeaks here

Steenhuisen said committees had become reluctant to call in former ministers to account for the allegations, with Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle shielding many who had served in previous portfolio committees.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, on two occasions, had not attended Home Affairs portfolio committee meetings to account for the naturalisation of the Gupta family while he was the minister.

The party would write to Secretary of Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana and Speaker Baleka Mbete to ask for assurance that committees would be adequately resourced with evidence leaders and technical experts during state capture probes.

Also read: Some Guptas acquired SA citizenship in 2002

It would also not give up on the call to establish an ad hoc committee, which had the support of the majority of opposition parties.

Other issues the opposition would tackle were unanswered written questions by Cabinet ministers.

The party would hold Ramaphosa, as leader of government business, accountable for making sure that ministers answered all questions as scheduled.

Ramaphosa has previously committed in Parliament to ensuring that Cabinet ministers under his purview fulfil their constitutional obligations.

Read more on:    da  |  john steenhuisen  |  malusi gigaba  |  cyril rama­phosa  |  gupta emails  |  gupta leaks

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