Parliament says it is setting up “appropriate systems” to process and monitor the reports of the Judicial Commission to Investigate Statement of State Captures.
This came after the parliament’s legal services department issued a legal opinion proposing a process that the legislature should follow when dealing with reports after an official submission.
Parliamentary spokesman Molota Motopa said on Monday that so far President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially submitted the third part of the commission’s report to the national legislature.
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The report, published by the commission’s chairman, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, concerned the conduct of current and former members of parliament on allegations of state seizures.
“The third part of the report identifies several former and current members of parliament who are involved in conduct that may constitute illegal, illegal or unethical conduct.
“As aspects of the report are directly relevant to parliamentary activities, the agency quickly began to implement its recommendations,” Motopa said in a statement.
He said the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Ethics and the Interests of Deputies had been asked to investigate possible violations of the Code of Ethics and Disclosure of Interests of Deputies to the National Assembly and members of the National Provincial Council (NCOP).
“This only applies to current members who have worked in parliament when any alleged violations have taken place,” Motopo said.
Ramaphosa implementation plan
Motopa said Ramaphosa is required to submit the remaining reports along with an implementation plan by August 31, 2022.
“While all outstanding reports are expected to be officially presented, the parliament has already started working on systems based on publicly available copies of reports.
“The Parliamentary Research Department is currently processing the reports, summarizing them, inter alia, in action plans to improve parliament’s compliance with its constitutional mandate in line with the corrective measures contained in the reports.”
Motopo added that the parliament is obliged to implement corrective measures from the Zondo commission’s reports regarding the areas where it should play a certain role.
“Similarly, the Parliament is responsible for overseeing the actions of the executive and state bodies in the process of implementing the reports of the commissions.
“The Rules Committee will consider in due course how best to process the reports and implementation plan in full.”
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