SMITH STEPS ASIDE FOR BOSASA PROBE
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.