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State capture inquiry: 'Parly owes it to people of SA to bring in experts'

Questions are being raised over whether the parliamentary committees tasked with investigating state capture will have the capacity they need to do a proper job.

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CAPE TOWN - Questions are being raised over whether the parliamentary committees tasked with investigating state capture will have the capacity they need to do a proper job.

The Public Enterprises Committee, which is focusing on Eskom and other state-owned companies, needs an evidence leader.

The committee learned this week that Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, who led the evidence in Parliament’s inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), will not be available due to other duties.

Acting committee chair Zukiswa Rantho told Members of Parliament the advocate would only be available to assist other parliamentary legal advisers in traversing what promises to be complex terrain.

The Democratic Alliance’s John Steenhuisen says it’s crucial the committees have proper support.

“If there are no in-house resources and Mr Vanara is too busy to lead evidence, then frankly Parliament owes it to the people of South Africa to go out and bring in experts from outside. And if we have to pay them we must pay them.

“But what we cannot have is the work of Parliament in this probe compromised by a Parliament that’s unwilling to unleash its full might and powers entrusted to it by the Constitution to get to the heart and bottom of this matter.”

The party argued for a single ad-hoc committee to investigate state capture allegation, but no agreement could be reached on this.

WATCH: Parly committee listens to briefing on state capture

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)