The chairperson Zukiswa Rantho said Singh was supposed to testify late last month but had written to ask for an extension as he and his legal team were not ready. He was then invited to appear on Tuesday afternoon.
Singh’s legal team had only sent through the 400 pages of documents the inquiry had requested‚ at 11pm on Monday night.
Rantho said Singh would have to account to Parliament at a later date but Parliament would not be paying for flights again and he would need to take responsibility for this.
“We are not like Eskom where if we feel it necessary to give our friends a certain amount‚ we just give that amount. We account to the public of South Africa.”
ANC MP Zukile Luyenge revealed that the committee had made the request for documentation in July‚ but the documents had only been received at the 11th hour.
ACDP MP Steve Swart said this was a “delaying tactic” and another attempt to undermine the committee’s work.
DA MP Natasha Mazzone said the tactic was “not wise and it is not clever” and said the delay would give her time to read the documents over the December holidays “not once‚ not twice‚ not three times‚ four times!.”
EFF MP Marshall Dlamini said “Mr Singh and his buddies” had undermined Parliament and should take a message back to those still to testify‚ that the committee would do its work.