The ANC is rallying around senior MP Vincent Smith after it emerged that he received money from controversial security and facilities company Bosasa.
News24 reported over the weekend that Smith received cash and benefits to the tune of R870 000 from Bosasa in 2015 and 2016 through Angelo Agrizzi, then chief operations officer at Bosasa.
At the time, Smith was a former chairperson of the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services that investigated Bosasa's involvement in alleged corruption relating to state tenders.
Jackson Mthembu, the ANC's chief whip in Parliament, blamed the timing of the report on the party's position on expropriation without compensation, and insinuated that Smith – who serves as chair of the Constitutional Review Committee looking at land reform – was being targeted.
Smith has admitted to Mthembu that he received payments from Agrizzi, but claims they were loans to fund his daughter’s tertiary education. He denies that he received any further benefits and has offered to step aside from his chairperson positions in Parliament until he has been cleared by the parliamentary ethics committee.
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