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ANC MP Vincent Smith will step aside as chair of the three parliamentary committees he chairs, pending the outcome of an ethics committee investigation into allegations that he received monthly payments from controversial facilities management group, Bosasa. Smith asked the ANC caucus in parliament if he could step aside after City Press reported that he had received payments of at least R670,000 over the past three years and accepted security installations at his home from Bosasa. The matter was reported to parliament’s ethics committee by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen. The ANC in parliament met Smith last Tuesday and he confirmed that he had entered into an agreement for "a personal loan with Mr A Agrizzi [former Bosasa boss]." Smith said the loan was processed in two separate payments: an amount of R220,000 in 2015; and R395,000 in 2016. He said he had paid for the security installation himself. ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said in a statement on Thursday that the party’s poli...

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