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ANC concerned about alleged bribery attempts

27 November 2017

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip notes with concern media reports of an alleged bribe offered to the evidence leader of parliament's inquiry into Eskom, Adv. Nthuthuzelo Vanara. Reports in weekend papers indicate that Adv. Vanara submitted an affidavit to parliament detailing an alleged bribe he was offered to stop the Eskom inquiry.

The ANC in Parliament takes serious exception to allegations of attempts to collapse this inquiry and derail the work of parliament. We welcome parliament's referral of the matter to the Ethics Committee and trust that the committee will act with the necessary speed to thoroughly investigate these allegations.

We take allegations of bribery very serious and as a consequence, apart from a parliamentary investigation, we call upon law enforcement authorities to investigate this matter. We further condemn any threats made to any member of parliament or staff who are party to this inquiry and advise them to report any such threats to our police.

Parliament is charged with the constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight and hold the executive accountable. We must therefore never allow anybody with devious intentions to collapse a programme of parliament. We reiterate our full support for this inquiry and encourage the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises to leave no stone unturned to unearth any wrongdoing at our state owned companies.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip

Nonceba Mhlauli

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