Parliament must deal with 'state capture' - DA

2016-03-27 15:01
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Dealing with "state capture" starts in Parliament and the DA is calling on newly-appointed ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to support a motion that an ad hoc committee investigate.

"The DA notes ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu's public support for calls to investigate 'patterns of state capture' in South Africa this weekend, and will hold him and the ANC caucus to it in Parliament," DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

"If the former ANC spin doctor and newly-appointed chief whip is serious and not merely offering lip service, he and his caucus will support this motion in the [National Assembly] next term and work with the opposition to ensure that this ad hoc committee is free of political influence and not another ANC whitewash to protect President [Jacob] Zuma, like the previous Nkandla ones." 

DA leader Mmusi Maimane earlier this month tabled a motion in the National Assembly asking that it establish an ad hoc committee to investigate allegations made against the Gupta family and their alleged political influence over Zuma. 

This followed allegations that the Guptas, said to be close to President Jacob Zuma, his family and other ANC leaders, was offering Cabinet positions and influencing the running of government.

Steenhuisen said it was important that an ad hoc committee investigate as the Gupta family had "infiltrated various government departments and appointment processes". 

 "If any undue influence or improper conduct is found, the committee should recommend swift action against all those who have compromised their oaths of office." 

He also wanted the committee to recommend measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in future.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  jackson mthembu  |  jacob zuma  |  john steenhuisen  |  gupta family  |  cape town  |  politics  |  parliament 2016

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