State capture report must be confined to Madonsela: Parliament

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Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Services Portfolio Committee Chairperson Dr Mathole Motshekga says the State Capture Commission of Inquiry must be confined to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report.

This follows calls by the incumbent Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to widen the scope to include, amongst other subsequent complaints emanating from the Gupta leaks.

The State of Capture report was released in 2016, but its implementation has been delayed by legal wrangles.

President Jacob Zuma finally authorised the appointment of the Commission of Inquiry. The terms of reference of the commission are yet to be finalised and made public.

Parliament’s Justice and Constitutional Development Committee Chairperson wants the Commission to confine itself to State of Capture report.

Motshekga says he is concerned with the “conflicting and confusing” messages being relayed by the office of the Public Protector regarding the remedial action of her predecessor.

He says it is not for Mkhwebane to decide on the expansion of the terms of reference.

Motshekga says only the courts can make that decision.

Motshekga called on Mkhwebane to respect the remedial action of her predecessor regarding the state capture inquiry.

Motshekga says Mkhwebane will be summoned to Parliament to explain herself on the matter.

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