Call for probe into ANC MP after reports of Bosasa payments

02 September 2018 - 13:41 By Nico Gous
Vincent Smith addresses the National Assembly. (File photo)
Vincent Smith addresses the National Assembly. (File photo)
Image: Gallo Images / Beeld / Lulama Zenzile

The DA wants parliament to investigate justice and correctional services portfolio committee chairperson and ANC MP Vincent Smith for allegedly receiving payments from a private company.

That is what DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement on Sunday.

This comes after News24 reported that Smith allegedly received R670‚000 from facilities management company Bosasa (now African Global Operations) over the past three years.

Smith also reportedly received security upgrades at his home worth R200‚000 plus R100‚000 in cash monthly from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson.

Smith confirmed some of the payments to New24‚ but claimed they were personal loans and said he was unaware they were paid by Bosasa. Smith said it was a personal loan from former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi and he believed Agrizzi was lending the money out of his own pocket.

Both Smith and Bosasa rejected the allegation that the company paid Smith R100‚000 every month.

Steenhuisen said: “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.”

Steenhuisen added: “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.”