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The absence of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane at a parliamentary hearing has held up the work of the mineral resources committee in investigating allegations of state capture and corruption. The committee is one of those mandated by National Assembly chairman Cedric Frolick to probe corruption in departments and state-owned enterprises on their watch. Zwane appeared before the committee once, in October 2017, but a second appearance in November was postponed after the controversial minister called in sick. The committee could not subpoena Zwane to force him to appear, said committee chairman Sahlulele Luzipo. In spite of the frustration expressed by the committee in November, Luzipo said legal advice was that because the minister had not declined to attend a hearing the committee had to set another date for him to appear. If Zwane could not meet on that date he had to propose an alternative that would be subject to committee approval, he said. The committee was unable to...

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