“All I am saying is that the slowness, the time we take, is quite important but there must be intention and will to correct this situation and I think we are in that situation now,” he said.
Mantashe said some problems the country had been grappling with made the ANC appreciate the need for an early-warning system.
“The auditor-general, half the time comes at the end of the financial period and discovers many things and then it becomes a hindsight report [rather than] an early-warning system.
“Our view is that the establishment of an integrity system in parliament talks to strengthening the work of the ethics committee in parliament, we say, it should be strengthened, then the auditor-general will complement the work that is there.”
Mantashe moved to defend his decision to instruct MPs to toe the party line and vote in support of an inquiry into public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office last month. He said this was the position of the party and argued that members were not free agents.
“You can't stab anybody on the kidney unless you're close enough and therefore breaking a position of the party is a betrayal of the party, you are stabbing the party on the kidneys because you say to the party, yes you are a majority but it doesn’t matter. Here we are free agents, we can vote against the position of the party,” he added.
Mantashe concluded his testimony by affirming the ANC's support for the commission to conclude its work and present its findings.