Mkhize can’t hide behind sub judice rule to avoid Parly – Health Committee told

South Africa

Johannesburg – Parliament’s Health Committee has heard that Minister Zweli Mkhize cannot rely on the sub judice rule to avoid discussing the Digital Vibes contract in Parliament.

Last week, Mkhize who is on special leave – excused himself from the committee after receiving legal advice.

On Thursday, the committee received legal advice on the sub judice rule used by the minister and members of the ANC in the committee.

Legal advisor Siviwe Njikela said the rule was established to protect the administration of justice but could never surpass the constitutional mandate of Parliament.

“So, whatever the interpretation that we give to the sub judice rule, must be informed by the midi-tv standard and that most importantly, it can never trump the constitutional mandate of Parliament.”

Acting Health Minister Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said they had to avoid tampering with the process.

“Our responsibility, both as executive responsible for portfolio currently and accounting officer, is to ensure that we do not compromise the process”.

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