Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

DA to report Vincent Smith to ethics committee over alleged Bosasa payments

The Democratic Alliance will report senior ANC MP Vincent Smith to Parliament’s ethics committee following a Sunday report that Smith allegedly received payments from facilities company Bosasa.

It was reported on Sunday that long-serving MP Smith was paid at least R670 000 by Bosasa over the past three years.

He had also allegedly accepted the installation of electric fences and a high-end CCTV system at his home worth roughly R200 000, and R100 000 in cash from Bosasa chief executive officer Gavin Watson every month.

Smith confirmed on Saturday that he received the funds, but denied knowledge that the money was paid by Bosasa.

READ MORE: Bosasa-linked firm to halt state capture inquiry security while Zondo probes deal

He said he had entered into a personal loan agreement with former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, and was led to believe Agrizzi was lending him the funds out of his own pocket. The money was intended to pay for his daughter’s tertiary education in Wales.

He also rejected allegations that the money was a bribe, saying he had not given Bosasa any service or favour in return, and produced bank statements confirming the August 2016 deposit.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen on Sunday said they would report Smith — who was recently appointed to the justice and correctional services portfolio committee — to Parliament’s joint ethics committee.

Contracts worth over R10bn

“Bosasa has secured contracts with several government departments worth over R10-billion including the Department of Correctional Services,” Steenhuisen said.

“Smith had oversight of this department when he chaired the correctional services portfolio committee in 2014, as well as through his membership of the standing committee on public accounts, and as an alternate member on the Justice and Correctional Services from 2014 to August 2018.

“If he did indeed receive money from Bosasa, this would represent a serious conflict of interest and be highly inappropriate,” Steenhuisen said.

Steenhuisen said it would amount to unethical conduct, especially since he had not declared any such benefit in the Register of Members’ Interests, which the DA had perused for the last three financial years.

If found guilty, Smith would be ill-equipped to chair any portfolio committee, Steenhuisen continued.

“If these allegations are true, they have the potential to further undermine the institution of Parliament and the public’s already dwindling trust in its ability to perform as set out in recent survey results presented to the chief Whips’ Forum.” — News24

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Paul Herman
Paul Herman works from London. London based Songwriter/Producer. Paul has written songs for Artists like Dido, Emeli Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eminem, Izzy Bizu, Raleigh Ritchie... Paul Herman has over 260 followers on Twitter.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Data shows EFF has lower negative sentiment online among voters...

The EFF has a stronger online presence than the ANC and Democratic Alliance

Hawkish Reserve Bank sees South Africa edge towards a rates...

Analysts say the Reserve Bank could start tightening monetary policy as early as next month

More top stories

Data shows EFF has lower negative sentiment online among voters...

The EFF has a stronger online presence than the ANC and Democratic Alliance

Greenpeace investigation exposes countries trying to dilute climate report

Greenpeace team says it has obtained leaked records of countries asking scientists to water down upcoming scientific report on climate change

Zondo responds to Fraser’s objection to his nomination as chief...

The deputy chief justice said all the former spy boss had to do to respond to bombshell testimony implicating him in state capture was to apply for a turn to testify

Immunocompromised finally prioritised for Covid-19 booster shots

Organ recipients are at greater risk of death from Covid-19, while waiting lists for transplants grow
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×