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Parliament dismisses DA ‘concerns’, says inquiry into SOEs will be properly resourced


Sello Theletsane

Parliament has responded to a statement released by the DA claiming that committees investigating state capture would be strangled by a lack of resources, saying it has every intention of providing everything the committees need, including obtaining a competent evidence leader.

“Parliament has no intention of limiting resources available to committees to enable them to perform their oversight mandate properly. This includes obtaining a qualified and competent evidence leader for the inquiry into Eskom and other public enterprises by the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises,” Parliament said in a statement.

Parliament explained that it would source an evidence leader from within Legal Services. “Evidence leaders for similar inquiries, for example, the inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), are usually drawn from Parliament’s Legal Services staff. The evidence leader in the SABC inquiry was Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara who, at the time, worked in Legal Services.

“Since then, Advocate Vanara has left Legal Services and has been appointed to fulfil other responsibilities in the institution. One of these is the position of acting Registrar of Members’ Interests for the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests.”

“Parliament will again look for an evidence leader first from within Legal Services. If the necessary competencies cannot be found there, the services of an external individual will be used.

Parliament called the DA’s earlier press statement that there would be a “stranglehold on the committees tasked with investigating state capture by not providing them with the resources they need”, unfortunate.

“Parliament has every intention of providing committees with the resources to carry out their constitutional mandate, which includes the inquiry into Eskom and other public enterprises,” it concluded.

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