Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise appeared before the State Capture Commission to explain Parliament’s dilatory response to the Gupta scandal.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise apologised to South Africa before the Zondo Commission for not reacting immediately to state capture on Monday, 19 April 2021. On 14 October 2016, former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela released her State Capture Report, alleging unethical conduct between government officials and the Gupta family.
Following the report, in 2017, a myriad of emails were reportedly leaked of the alleged correspondence between the Gupta family and members of the National Assembly. Modise was the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces when the Gupta allegations were reported by the media. Although she was not the National Assembly Speaker at the time, she admitted that there was not an explanation that could excuse Parliament for not taking immediate action.
She added, “Sometimes when allegations come out, until they are investigated, you are unsure if it’s politicking or whether they are facts, clearly the chairperson should have followed up with the minister.”