“The DA suggests that the credibility of the inquiry would be enhanced if both of the chairpersons of the ad hoc committee were drawn from the ranks of the opposition parties, and it is further suggested, in the interests of transparency, that the lead is taken by the justice committee,” she said.
A formula to reduce the number of ad hoc committee members to a manageable size also needed to be found, according to the party, as convening a meeting with all the necessary role players “would make it difficult to engage in the sort of cross-questioning that is necessary in such an inquiry”.
While the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, confirmed the three security cluster ministers would be summoned to the inquiry, the DA said it demanded independent chairs.
“Any opportunity for a cover-up, or even the perception of a cover-up, must be removed entirely. This inquiry can therefore not be led by the parliamentary committee on police, nor its chairperson, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
“Any attempt by the ANC to exonerate the executive and to whitewash the security cluster’s failures in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, will not be allowed.”