Top ANC MP Steps Down From Committees Over Bribery Claims

If found guilty, Vincent Smith would be ill-equipped to chair any portfolio committee. PICTURE: Mail&Guardian

JOHANNESBURG: The member of Parliament has confirmed the payments but denied they were bribes.

The African National Congress (ANC) has granted Vincent Smith’s request to step aside as chairperson of the three parliamentary committees he chairs.

Smith made the request after allegations that he accepted nearly R800,000 from the controversial Bosasa Group.

The member of Parliament has confirmed the payments but denied they were bribes.

In a statement, the ANC has confirmed he’ll be stepping aside until an investigation by the ethics committee wraps up.