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Parliament, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 – Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services would like to put the record straight regarding incorrect media reports. The Chairperson of the Committee at no stage sided with certain Members of the Committee during a meeting to decide on the referral by the Speaker.

Committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, emphasized today that at the start of yesterday's meeting he made a proposal to the Committee as to how the matter could be dealt with. He made it clear that due to the workload of the Committee and it possibly being conflicted as the Public Protector report recommended in its remedial action that the Committee Chairperson should amend the Constitution to limit the powers of the South African Reserve Bank, he proposed that the matter be referred back to the Speaker for an Ad Hoc Committee to attend to the matter. Furthermore Dr Motshekga said it is an Ad Hoc Committee that recommends the appointment of the Public Protector and it should be the Ad Hoc Committee that considers the removal of the Public Protector.

The matter was then put to a vote. "At no stage did I, as the Committee Chairperson, participate in the vote or side with any parties. I merely highlighted the Committee's workload and the possible forum to deal with the matter when I made the proposal to the meeting.

"Media reports stating otherwise are thus incorrect. I never sided with any parties and acted impartial as a Chairperson."

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, DR MATHOLE MOTSHEKGA

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