Mthembu de­nies any Gi­gaba plot in parly

‘We’ve got re­spon­si­bil­ity to hold ex­ec­u­tive ac­count­able’

Sowetan - - News - By Thabo Mokone

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu says par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees will con­tinue to do their over­sight on min­is­ters and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments “without any fear or favour”.

Mthembu made the com­ments af­ter em­bat­tled home af­fairs min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba claimed that the port­fo­lio com­mit­tees on home af­fairs and pub­lic en­ter­prises were part of a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign to dis­credit him.

Speak­ing af­ter a spe­cial cau­cus meet­ing ad­dressed by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, Mthembu said while the is­sue of Gi­gaba was not dis­cussed dur­ing their gather­ing last Wednes­day, par­lia­men­tary struc­tures were not part of any po­lit­i­cal agenda. Gi­gaba has re­cently been un­der pres­sure in par­lia­ment as the home af­fairs com­mit­tee con­tin­ues to ask him tough ques­tions about his role in al­low­ing the wealthy Op­pen­heimer fam­ily to op­er­ate a pri­vate land­ing ter­mi­nal at the OR Tambo air­port in Jo­han­nes­burg.

A draft re­port of the pub­lic en­ter­prises com­mit­tee on the Eskom in­quiry has also rec­om­mended that Gi­gaba should be among 44 peo­ple who must be crim­i­nally in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion at Eskom. Mthembu said if Gi­gaba had any ev­i­dence of any­one us­ing par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees to tar­nish his name, he should have re­ported the mat­ter to him. “The com­mit­tees of par­lia­ment are not part of any plot; we want to make that clear. We do our work without any fear or favour. “If there were such al­le­ga­tions … the first port of call would have been the chief whip of the ma­jor­ity party so I’m not aware that any of our com­mit­tees, when they do their work, they are do­ing such work as part of any plot. We’re do­ing our work be­cause we’ve got a re­spon­si­bil­ity to hold mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive ac­count­able.” Turn­ing to in­ter­nal party mat­ters, ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule said Ramaphosa re­ported to cau­cus that the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee re­solved at its meet­ing at the week­end that “pre and post” Nas­rec fac­tions were no longer al­lowed to meet to dis­cuss the run­ning of the or­gan­i­sa­tion without re­port­ing to party struc­tures. Ma­gashule said Ramaphosa fo­cused on “unity and re­newal” of the ANC so they could win next year’s gen­eral elec­tions with an in­creased ma­jor­ity.

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