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Embattled veteran ANC MP Vincent Smith has asked to be allowed to step aside from chairing any parliamentary committee until the ethics committee concludes looking into allegations that he received monthly payments from controversial facilities management group Bosasa. Smith was recently appointed to head parliament’s portfolio committee on justice. He is also co-chair of the constitutional review committee, looking into the contentious expropriation of land without compensation matter. Bosasa is a security, property and facilities management company that does business with the state City Press reported on Sunday that Smith had been paid "at least" R670,000 by Bosasa over the past three years and had accepted security installations at his home valued at R200,000. DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said he would report Smith to parliament’s ethics committee, as the company had secured more than R10m in contracts with the government, in the past. In a statement on Tuesday after meeting AN...

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