Parliament’s public enterprises portfolio committee is forging ahead with its inquiry into alleged irregularities at Eskom. It is the first parliamentary committee that will tackle the stream of allegations of state capture emerging from leaked Gupta e-mails and the report on state capture by former public protector Thuli Madonsela. The committee adopted the terms of reference for the inquiry on Wednesday, and the inquiry will get under way in August, after Parliament’s midterm recess. It has been given the go-ahead by Parliament’s presiding officers and is expected to last a month or more. The inquiry has the support of all political parties, which acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho stressed had to act in a nonpartisan way in conducting the investigation. In terms of the rules of Parliament, a portfolio committee has the power to summon witnesses to present evidence under oath and to submit documents. The aim of the inquiry would be to look into the ability of Eskom to discharge its...

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