Members of Parliament (MPs) debated a letter from suspended African National Congress (ANC) MP Mervyn Dirks, who claimed to the committee that President Cyril Ramaphosa turned a blind eye to wrongdoing involving ANC election campaign money on Tuesday night.
Scopa, Parliament's finance watchdog, has demanded a formal explanation from President Cyril Ramaphosa about charges of misappropriation of state funds.
While it is not the committee's authority to investigate the president's behavior, parliamentary legal advisors advised Scopa that there was nothing preventing members from summoning relevant government agencies to be questioned.
According to the experts, issuing a summons was a last resort.
Scopa chairwoman Mkhuleko Hlengwa, on the other hand, stated that a formal statement from Ramaphosa would be extremely beneficial to the committee.
"A written proposal from the president allows the committee to properly plan for hearings. As a result, we require the president to provide us with a statement, explanation, or affidavit "Hlengwa explained.
Despite the fact that Dirks was removed on the committee following his suspension, Scopa nonetheless authorized him to brief MPs on his letter.
He didn't see anything wrong with what he'd done.
"Section 48 of the Constitution requires each of us in the National Assembly to affirm our loyalty to the nation and our adherence to the Constitution. My capitulation should not be interpreted as a betrayal of my party "Dirks stated.
Read more here : https://ewn.co.za/2022/01/26/scopa-wants-ramaphosa-to-explain-allegations-of-abuse-of-state-funds
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