Mabuza avoids EFF's questions about SARS rogue unit in Parliament

Mabuza avoids EFF's questions about SARS rogue unit in Parliament

- Deputy President David Mabuza has refused to answer questions regarding the so-called SARS "rogue unit"

- This came despite the EFF grilling him in Parliament over the matter

- Mabuza said he would leave the issue to the courts to decide

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Deputy President David Mabuza avoided answering questions related to the so-called SARS 'rogue unit' in Parliament this week.

This came as Mabuza was answering orally-posed questions in the National Assembly - his first such question-and-answer session of the new Parliament.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi grilled Mabuza about the rogue unit, but the deputy president remained tight-lipped.

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In particular, the EFF asked Mabuza if he ever tried to expedite legislation to regulate the establishment of such intelligence units within state-owned enterprises and institutions, has gathered.

Mabuza, however, did not take the bait. He refused to answer, saying that the matter should rather be left to the courts to decide, according to Eyewitness News.

Ndlozi was unsatisfied with Mabuza's response. 

"I plead with you, Mr Deputy President, in line with the Constitution, to answer the question," he said.

The EFF MP also asked Mabuza whether or not the formation of the rogue unit was lawful, but Mabuza remained mum on this as well. 

"Let's allow the court to finalise the mater without us talking about it and putting our views [on it]," the deputy president said.

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This comes as Pravin Gordhan is currently engaged in a legal battle with the Public Protector over her report, which found that the establishment of the unit during his time at SARS was unlawful.

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