The portfolio committee on public enterprises has expressed concern over advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara's claim that he was offered a bribe by state security minister Bongani Bongo to walk away from a parliamentary inquiry.
Vanara is the evidence leader in the portfolio committee's inquiry into state capture at Eskom, which is investigating mismanagement of state funds at state-owned enterprises.
A parliamentary statement says members of the committee expressed shock at the allegations, calling them a "low point for government".
We note with concern that the minister of State Security is to be investigated by Parliament's joint ethics committee for allegedly attempting to bribe the evidence leader of the parliamentary inquiry into state capture, Advocate Vanara. - @jsteenhuisenhttps://t.co/VbouTxOjyV— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) November 19, 2017
"At present the matter is treated as an allegation," the statement added, but went on to say that the committee "welcomes and supports" a full investigation of Vanara's accusation by the ethics committee.
Parliament's Ethics Committee says it is waiting for information before it can start investigations into bribery allegations levelled against new State Security Minister Bongani Bongo. #AMLive#SABCNewspic.twitter.com/8hFdzZu3gw— #AMLive 104-107fm 📻 (@amliveonsafm) November 23, 2017
The committee also condemned the attempt, if true, as unacceptable, saying Bongo's alleged bribe offer was another attempt to intimidate the evidence leader, parliament and the members.
Newsletter| Corruption charges laid against newly appointed Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo for allegedly attempting to bribe the evidence leader of the parliamentary inquiry into state capture at Eskom‚ Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara.https://t.co/KB2U9qD11Spic.twitter.com/nFlUG3gjwo— City Press Online (@City_Press) November 23, 2017
The committee has proposed that the allegations be escalated to the office of the public protector.
The portfolio committee chair, Lungi Mnganga-Gcabashe, said that she has noted all the comments made, and will consider the appropriate action to take.