Senior Parliamentary officials said it was not their job to report an alleged bribery incident involving MP Bongani Bongo to the police.
Testifying in the Western Cape division of the High Court, both the Secretary of the National Council of Provinces Modibedi Phindela and the acting secretary of Parliament Penelope Tyawa backed up testimony from previous witnesses.
Tyawa testified that as the legislature’s chief administrator, it’s not up to her to get involved in the conduct of MPs.
She handed an affidavit deposed by the evidence leader of Parliament’s Eskom Inquiry to the Speaker to act.
The matter was then referred to Parliament’s Ethics Committee.
On Friday, Bongo was met by several young Cosas and ANC supporters who travelled from his home province of Mpumalanga to support him.
ANC MP Tandi Mahambehlala said: “We believe on the presumption that says not guilty until proven guilty by the court of law and we appreciate the fact that the state has given him the opportunity to prove his innocence.
“He is still our own. If the court finds him guilty, he’s still our own. If the court finds him guilty, he’s still our own but we will respect any decision by the court because this court is here to serve the people of the country.