SMITH STEPS ASIDE FOR BOSASA PROBE

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THE po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee of the ANC’s par­lia­men­tary cau­cus has ac­cepted a re­quest by se­nior MP Vin­cent Smith to step aside as chair­per­son of three com­mit­tees.

“Last week, com­rade Smith re­quested the lead­er­ship of the ANC cau­cus to al­low him to step aside from chair­ing any par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions against him, which have sur­faced in the pub­lic do­main, have been con­cluded by the ethics com­mit­tee,” ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu said.

He said Smith will re­main an or­di­nary mem­ber of all com­mit­tees he is a mem­ber of.

This fol­low a pre­vi­ous re­port by News24 that Smith re­ceived cash and ben­e­fits from Bosasa in 2015 and 2016 through An­gelo Agrizzi, then chief oper­a­tions of­fi­cer at Bosasa.

At the time, Smith was a for­mer chair­per­son of the par­lia­men­tary port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on cor­rec­tional ser­vices that in­ves­ti­gated Bosasa’s in­volve­ment in al­leged cor­rup­tion re­lat­ing to state ten­ders. News24 re­ported that Smith al­legedly ac­cepted the in­stal­la­tion of elec­tric fences and a high-end CCTV sys­tem worth roughly R200 000 at his home, and al­legedly also re­ceived R100 000 in cash from Bosasa chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gavin Watson ev­ery month.

The ANC an­nounced sev­eral in­terim chairs for the com­mit­tees. Stan­ford Maila will co-chair the con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee on land ex­pro­pri­a­tion, Madipoane Mothapo will chair the jus­tice and cor­rec­tional ser­vices com­mit­tee, and Nthabiseng Khu­nou the stand­ing com­mit­tee on the au­di­tor-gen­eral. — News24.

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