The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) in Parliament says an urgent meeting may have to be scheduled to look into the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa) Constitutional Court bid into arms manufacturer Denel and SA-Express.

Committee Chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa told MPs that he received court papers upon his return from leave.

He says Scopa, the National Assembly Speaker and the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises have been cited as respondents.

Hlengwa says some of the issues in the court challenge relatedd to the winding up of SA-Express and other challenges facing Denel.

He says Numsa wants the Constitutional Court to direct the two committees and the Speaker to handle SA-Express and Denel in a particular way.

Hlengwa revealed this during a virtual meeting between Scopa and Denel.

“So that documentation I have gone through it, I have gone through it with Parliament legal just to check what the issues are and the papers will be circulated to members I’m sure by the end of today. We will have an opportunity to be briefed by Parliament’s legal service as a matter of urgency,” he says.

“So there may be a need for a special meeting in order for us as the committee to … of course having gone through the papers and then to make our responses which I imagine from what I have been briefed is that they are also consulting public enterprises portfolio committee and the office of the Speaker on this matter,” adds Hlengwa.