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Lack of funding may be ploy to hamper Eskom state capture probe - MPs

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Cape Town – Members of Parliament tasked with conducting an inquiry into Eskom have complained over the lack of legal resources made available by Parliament and intend to approach National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete about the matter.

At a briefing of the portfolio committee on public enterprises, MPs heard financial resources are insufficient to appoint an external evidence leader to question witnesses in the Eskom inquiry.

In addition, the legal opinion obtained from Advocate Zuraya  Adhikarie, chief legal adviser of the Constitutional and Legal Services Office, stated that MPs involved in the Eskom inquiry should not ‘relinquish’ their oversight power to unelected officials or third parties, and advised against an evidence leader.

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