Ethics Committee will institute investigations following allegations that State Security Minister Bongani Bongo has allegedly offered Advocate Nthuthuzelo Vanara a bribe to resign.
Vanara is as an evidence leader in the inquiry into mismagement of state funds at state-owned enterprises.
Media reports indicate that Advocate Vanara submitted an affidavit to the Speaker of the National Assembly after he was offered a bribe by Minister for State Security, Bongani Bongo, to walk away from the inquiry.
Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises Chairperson Lunga Mnanga-Gabashe said in a statement on Thursday the allegations will also be reported to the Public Protector for investigation.
Mnanga-Gabashe said members of the Committee expressed shock at the allegations, saying they are a low point for government.
“This is unacceptable and it should be seen as another attempt to intimidate the evidence leader, Parliament and members,” said Mnanga-Gabashe.
The Committee said at present the matter is treated as an allegation but indicated that the Committee welcomes and supports a thorough investigation that will be instituted by the Ethics Committee.
Mnganga-Gcabashe, said she notes all the comments made and said she will see which line needs to be taken first and what would be the appropriate action taken by Parliament as per comments articulated by the members.