Parly committee won't begin probe into state capture until Zwane is quizzed

The portfolio committee on mineral resources says it will decide on the probe once Zwane had answered their questions.

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

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources says it can't start a probe into state capture until it's quizzed Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

The committee is one of four ordered by parliamentary House Chairperson Cedric Frolick to investigate claims that have emerged through the leaked Gupta emails.

But chairperson Zet Lusipho says while his committee is fully committed to the task, a packed parliamentary schedule is making it difficult to get the process started.

Initially accused by the Democratic Alliance of trying to shield Minister Zwane from state capture allegations, the committee agreed a month ago, that it would only decide on the form a probe would take once Zwane had answered their questions.

But no date has yet been set for the engagement.

Lusipho says while the committee will be pre-occupied with the mid-term budgetary process next month, he's committed to getting the ball rolling.

“I prefer to do something quickly [and] deal with it, but do a thorough job. But you can’t keep things in suspense for too long.”

Lusipho says the committee will write to the House chairperson for permission to schedule additional meetings.