Parliament’s Ethics Committee Moves To Discipline Top ANC MPs

PICTURE: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

CAPE TOWN: The committee has come under fire for failing to act against MPs who have been found to have contravene their oath. 

Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests has finally succumb to pressure and have resolved to place two African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) Mduduzi Manana and Bongani Bongo before a disciplinary hearing after having violated their oath as MPs. 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson for Women in the Presidency, Terri Stander spoke to the Johannesburg-based talk radio, POWER 98.7 on Thursday and she said expressed happiness with the move.

“We are pleased with the fact that the parliamentary ethics committee has agreed to establish a sub-committee. The committee will proceed with disciplinary hearings against Mduduzi Manana. It is long overdue as the first complain against him was submitted in November 2017,” she said. 

Manana, the former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training was found guilty of assaulting two women last year. This year his domestic worker Christine Wiro accused Manana of having pushed her down the stairs at his Fourways home.

She withdrawn the case after it was revealed in a leaked audio that he bribe her with R100 000 to drop the charges. He later issued a statement saying he would lay charges against her for extortion. However, he has not lay the charges against her. 

Meanwhile, Bongo stand accused of bribery during his term as State Security Minister. Evidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara in the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises Inquiry accused Bongo of attempting to bride him to compromise the investigations into state capture at Eskom. 

Bongo denied having bribed Vanara but an affidavit revealed shocking details about Bongo having offered Vanara a “blank cheque”. Vanara has made the shocking allegation in a sworn statement submitted to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Mbete has referred the matter to parliament’s joint ethics committee for further investigation. The DA has welcomed the move, saying it’s been long overdue.