Former South African Airways board chair Dudu Myeni, Duduzane Zuma, and the Gupta siblings will be summoned to show up before Parliament to give testimony to the financial bungle at state-owned enterprises.
The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises said in a statement on Tuesday issuing of summons is the final resort the Committee had to undertake following a no-show by the trio when invited to appear before the inquiry.
Chairperson for the inquiry Zukiswa Rantho said Myeni has been invited twice and has demonstrated that she can’t show up before the panel due to ill health while Gupta siblings indicated they couldn’t attend since they were outside the country.
The Committee said it has not received a sick note from Myeni.
Members of the Committee said they won’t be held to ransom by Myeni as it is to her greatest advantage to show up before the inquiry.
Members of the Committee proposed an independent evaluation to verify if she is indeed sick.
“The Committee is of the view it is impossible to complete work of the inquiry without the testimony of Myeni including that of Zuma and the Gupta family,” added Rantho.
In the latest disruption, Guptas and Myeni failed to show up before the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises’ Inquiry into State Capture on Tuesday as scheduled.
Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone depicted their nonappearance is an outrageous mishandle of the Committee’s obligingness.
She said this is an unsatisfactory nonchalance for Parliament and the Constitution under which this inquiry was built up.
She added that disregarding the Committee can’t be permitted to proceed.
On Tuesday the DA requested that the Guptas and Myeni be summoned to appear before the inquiry into Sate Capture.
“Should they at that point overlook the summons they will confer an offense and in this manner subject to a fine or to the imprisonment of up to a year,” said Mazzone.
Portfolio Committees are enabled by the Constitution to call any person they see fit to appear before Parliament.