Serving summons: committee seeks Hawks’ help rounding up Guptas
The public enterprises committee takes a tougher stance serving summonses on witnesses in the state capture inquiry
Parliament’s public enterprises committee is to seek the assistance of law-enforcement agencies such as the Hawks to serve summonses on witnesses, such as the Gupta brothers, who it wants to have appear before its inquiry into state capture. This was after the sheriff failed to serve summons on them. The witnesses involved are the three Gupta brothers — Ajay, Atul and Rajesh — as well as former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane and former South African Airways chairwoman Dudu Myeni. The committee summonsed them to address allegations made against them by various witnesses who have testified before the inquiry. The failure to serve summonses on witnesses who were scheduled to appear at Wednesday’s meeting means that it has had to be called off. The summonses were issued by the secretary to Parliament in terms of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act. Zukiswa Rantho, the inquiry chairwoman, said in a statement that the sheriff had attemp...