CAPE TOWN– The South African Parliament says it is satisfied that it has done all it can to get answers on allegations of State Capture within Government as the Commission of Inquiry into the exercise of undue influence by outside parties into top officials of State, led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, begins work Monday.

Parliament had set up at least four portfolio committee inquiries last year to probe allegations at the Departments of Public Enterprises, Mineral Resources, Home Affairs and Transport. It handed over evidence gathered to Justice Zondo in May.

The core the allegations are centred around former President Jacob Zuma’s relationship with brothers Ajay and Atul Gupta, members of an Indian immigrant family who have been granted South African citizenship.

It is claimed the Guptas leveraged their networks and proximity to the former president to swindle billions of rand out of state-owned entities such as power utility Eskom and logistic network operator Transnet as well as provincial government departments in Free State and North West provinces.

The chairperson of the Parliamentary Committees on Oversight and ICT, Cedric Frolick, says he is satisfied with the legislature’s contribution in uncovering the extent of State Capture in government.

As an independent arm of the State, it was incumbent on Parliament as an institution to oversee Executive action and also to call executive members to account for issues that are in the public domain. And I believe we’ve done what we could, said Frolick at the weekend.