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David Mabuza faces grilling from MPs

Deputy President David Mabuza. Picture: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

Deputy President David Mabuza. Picture: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

Published Sep 3, 2020


Cape Town – Deputy President David Mabuza will face tough questions in Parliament over the looting of Covid-19 funds and the crisis facing Eskom.

Mabuza’s appearance in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday comes after he missed previous sessions owing to to ill health.

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Mabuza confirmed on Monday, during the post-NEC briefing, that he had just returned to work after being unwell.

Mabuza had previously told MPs that he was treated in Russia for ill health a few years ago.

Some of the questions to be answered by Mabuza relate to the looting of Covid-19 funds.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed a number of investigating agencies to probe the looting of funds allocated for Covid-19.

The Special Investigating Unit is probing a number of departments and companies involved in corruption.

The government announced a R500 billion stimulus package to fight the spread of Covid-19, but some of the funds have allegedly been stolen.

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Mabuza also faces questions from NCOP members over the crisis at Eskom.

Mabuza chairs a committee that deals with the power utility.

Eskom admitted to the standing committee on appropriations on Wednesday that its debt had increased from R440bn to R448bn.

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The government took a decision a year ago to split Eskom into three entities to deal with its cash crisis and start generating revenue.

Political Bureau