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PARLIAMENT - Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane has failed to appear before the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources in Parliament on Wednesday.
He was meant to answer to state capture allegations relating to his dealings with the Gupta family.
The committee indicated that Zwane had requested this date, but was now claiming to have other government business elsewhere.
This comes in the wake of the decision to reopen talks on the Mining Charter.
On Sunday, the Chamber of Mines and the Presidency agreed to go back to the drawing board in order to review the charter, thus halting a court battle.
As a result of his non-attendance, the committee resolved to institute a full-scale inquiry into allegations of state capture levelled against the minister.
This followed an incomplete question-and-answer session held with Minister Zwane in October 2017, which should have resumed on Wednesday.
The chairperson of the Committee, Sahlulele Luzipo, said: “The Committee could no longer entertain further postponements from the Minister and took a decision to institute an inquiry.
"Members had outstanding questions from the initial Q&A session and they now reserve their right to ask them during the inquiry.”