POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Eskom’s Mabuza back in the hot seat at state capture hearing this week
Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza has said the embattled power utility was the ‘main theatre’ for corruption and state capture
The commission of inquiry into state capture, which is scheduled to resume on Monday, will be the major highlight of the week.
Eskom board chair Jabu Mabuza is expected to continue with his testimony. Last week he told the commission that when he took over as chair in January 2018, he found that the embattled power utility was the “main theatre” for corruption and state capture.
Suspended deputy National Prosecuting Authority boss Nomgcobo Jiba is scheduled to be cross-examined on Monday at the Mokgoro inquiry, which is looking into her fitness to hold office.
Meanwhile, Cosatu will convene a three-day central executive committee meeting from Monday to Wednesday to discuss organisational, political and socioeconomic issues affecting the workers and the working class in general.
Justice minister Michael Masutha will brief the media On monday on the Bosasa contracts and other irregular deals in his department. This follows revelations at the state capture inquiry implicating officials in the justice & correctional services department in alleged bribery and corruption.
On Wednesday deputy president David Mabuza will respond to questions in the National Assembly.
NFP MP Ahmed Shaik-Emam will ask Mabuza whether the government will consider introducing legislative amendments to ensure that anyone found guilty of any corruption and/or fraud will have all their benefits forfeited to the state.
This is in light of the “serious challenges the country faces as a result of corruption, fraud and maladministration, taking into consideration the revelations made at the state capture inquiry, Bosasa, and the parliamentary committee report on Eskom”, said Shaik-Emam.
Also on Wednesday the standing committee on finance and the select committee on finance will hold public hearings on the budget. The committees will hear the Treasury’s response to the submissions on Friday.
The portfolio committee on police will continue with its deliberations on Robert McBride’s future as executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). In January police minister Bheki Cele wrote to McBride informing him that his contract would not be renewed when it expires on February 28. McBride then filed an urgent application, asking the High Court in Pretoria to declare Cele’s decision to not renew his contract as “unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid”.
The court granted an interim in which the parties agreed that Cele’s decision was preliminary and that it must still be confirmed or rejected by the police portfolio committee.
The portfolio committee on communications will on Tuesday begin shortlisting candidates for the boards of theSABC and Media Development and Diversity Agency.
The public broadcaster, which is in dire financial straits, sank into deeper crisis late in 2018 when four directors resigned, leaving the board without the quorum required to make decisions. The board, meant to have 12 members, now has eight vacancies.