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Zwane to answer to Mineral Resources committee on mutually agreed date

The Mineral Resources committee is one of four parliamentary committees instructed by House chairperson Cedric Frolick to probe state capture allegations.

FILE: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture:  AFP.

CAPE TOWN - In a surprise move, Parliament's Mineral Resources Committee wanted to call Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to appear before it on Wednesday to answer questions on state capture, without prior notice.

Wednesday's meeting was called to discuss how to proceed with a probe into state capture allegations as ordered by House chairperson Cedric Frolick.

Last week the Democratic Alliance (DA) accused the African National Congress (ANC) of dragging its feet in coming up with a plan as to how to proceed with the probe.

The Mineral Resources committee is one of four parliamentary committees instructed by Frolick to probe state capture allegations.

In a letter to the committee, Frolick suggested as a starting point, Mosebenzi Zwane be called to appear to answer questions.

ANC MP Mandla Mandela took offence the committee was being accused of delaying tactics and asked for the meeting to be adjourned to call Zwane right away.

“So today I want to be clear, we want to do work. We want to get on with the business of the day, and therefore, I would like to call the Minister and attend to these issues.“

But the DA's Hendrik Schmidt said the ANC was attempting to catch the opposition off guard.

After a short adjournment, Zwane's office said he was not immediately available, but was ready to appear on a mutually agreed date.

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