ANC's Smith steps aside as committees chairperson amid bribery claims

File: ANC MP Vincent Smith addresses the National Assembly.

File: ANC MP Vincent Smith addresses the National Assembly.

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CAPE TOWN - The ANC has accepted a request from MP Vincent Smith to step aside from chairing three parliamentary committees.

This follows allegations of bribery against Smith.

He allegedly received cash and benefits from the controversial company, Bosasa.

These include the installation of electric fences and a high-end CCTV system worth around R200,000.

However, Smith has denied the claims. 

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He has served on the Justice and Correctional Services committee, the public accounts watchdog Scopa and the constitutional review committee on land expropriation.

The ANC said it has deployed three MPs to hold the fort as Interim Chairpersons until the conclusion of the matter.

Standford Maila will be the Acting Co-Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Constitutional Review., Madipoane Mothapo will be the Acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services and Nthabiseng Khunou will be the Acting Chairperson of the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General.

Smith remains an ordinary MP.