In the light of the recent accusations of state capture linked to alleged emails involving a number of Ministers, parliamentary committees have been directed to urgently probe the allegations and report back to the National Assembly.
The House Chairperson of Committees, Mr Cedric Frolick, on Thursday wrote to the Chairpersons of Portfolio Committees on Home Affairs, Mineral Resources, Public Enterprises and Transport advising them to, within the parameters of the Assembly Rules governing the business of committees and consistent with the Constitutionally enshrined oversight function of Parliament, ensure immediate engagement with the concerned Ministers to ensure that Parliament gets to the bottom of the allegations.
While no specific deadline has been set for the submission of the outcome of these investigations, the committees have been urged to begin with the work and report their recommendations to the House urgently.
Parliament, as a representative body of the people of South Africa, shoulders the Constitutional responsibility of ensuring that matters of major public interest are dealt with as expected by the people.
Issued by Parliament of South Africa