State capture probe: MPs say work happening behind the scenes

In June, National Assembly House chairperson Cedric Frolick directed four portfolio committees to investigate allegations of state capture contained in the 'Gupta Leaks' emails.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Although it's unclear exactly when a parliamentary inquiry into Eskom, Denel and Transnet will get underway, Members of Parliament (MPs) say there is work happening behind the scenes.

In June, National Assembly House chairperson Cedric Frolick directed four portfolio committees to investigate allegations of state capture contained in the "Gupta Leaks" emails.

The Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee was the first to announce that it will get started, but MPs were reluctant to begin without an experienced evidence leader on their side.

After weeks of uncertainty, lawmakers were delighted to hear that Parliament had agreed to let Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara lead the inquiry.

Portfolio committee chairperson Zukiswa Rantho says that Vanara is expected to meet witnesses before the inquiry starts.

"The evidence leader will look at the list and see which witnesses will be of help. If that 27 is too much, he will say that."

There are around 27 people on the committee's witness list, including members of the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma' s son, Duduzane.

Rantho says although they have a busy fourth term ahead, MPs will have to make time for the probe which may run for a number of days and then adjourn before starting up again.