Parliament announced a formal inquiry on Wednesday into state capture involving Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane‚ who is closely linked with the Gupta family.

 

The decision followed Zwane’s failure to appear before the mineral resources portfolio committee to answer questions related to state capture.

It was the fourth time the minister had failed to appear before the committee since November last year. He may now be formally subpoenaed to appear before the committee’s oversight inquiry‚ which can make formal recommendations regarding alleged wrongdoing.

Speaking to TimesLive‚ committee chairman Sahlulele Luzipo confirmed the committee’s decision. “Yes‚ we will go for a formal inquiry‚” he said‚ adding that details would be confirmed at a follow-up meeting next week.

EFF committee member Thembinkosi Rawula accused Zwane of lying to the committee to avoid facing tough questions.

“He is holding the committee in contempt. Now we are taking a decision that all the questions we might have we are going to exhaust in an inquiry‚” Rawula said.