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NCOP investigates 'drunk' MP

The NCOP has established a committee to investigate an incident involving one of its members.

Cope MP Dirk Veldman apparently tried to open a plane's emergency door while in flight. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has established a committee to investigate an incident involving one of its members during a trip to India.

In July, Congress of the People (Cope) MP Dirk Veldman apparently tried to open a plane's emergency door while in flight.

It is claimed he was intoxicated at the time.

Veldman was briefly detained in Mumbai and then sent back to South Africa.

He was in India as part of a Parliamentary delegation.

The six-member committee has been instructed to determine whether Veldman will be punished in any way.

At the time of the incident, Cope Chief Whip Dennis Bloem said it left the party feeling embarrassed.

Veldman is set to appear before the committee to state his case in the coming days.

Witness reports are currently being compiled.