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Mathole Motshekga distances himself from Mkhwebane inquiry

On Tuesday Mathole Motshekga suggested an ad hoc committee might be better placed to look into the Democratic Alliance's complaints referred to the committee by the Speaker.

FILE: Chairperson of Parliament's Justice Committee Mathole Motshekga. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Chairperson of Parliament's Justice Committee has moved to clarify he had no role in the decision to launch an inquiry into the conduct of the Public Protector.

On Tuesday Mathole Motshekga suggested an ad hoc committee might be better placed to look into the Democratic Alliance's complaints referred to the committee by the Speaker.

But his proposal was shot down by members of his own caucus.

Introducing the matter for debate, Motshekga pointed out that the committee had a hefty workload in the final term.

He also raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest.

But the factions within the African National Congress appeared to show when five of its Members of Parliament voted against the proposal, opting instead to deal with the matter themselves.

As chairperson of the committee, Motshekga did not vote and says he remains impartial.

“Once the matter is referred to us as a committee we have an obligation to deal with the matter.”

It's still unclear when the committee will begin the inquiry.