PUBLIC protector Thuli Madonsela and embattled Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) boss Pansy Tlakula could be summoned to a special parliamentary committee that has been established to consider the Madonsela's findings against Tlakula.
Parliament has adopted a resolution that allows it to constitute a multiparty ad hoc committee to decide what action should be taken against Tlakula. Also, the committee has the authority to subpoena.
In an investigative report last month, Madonsela found Tlakula guilty of improper conduct and maladministration for her role in the IEC's procurement of its Riverside office building in Centurion from a company belonging to ANC MP Thaba Mufamadi.
Tlakula had an undeclared business relationship with Mufamadi, Madonsela found.
Tlakula denied any wrongdoing. Madonsela has recommended that parliament take action against Tlakula because of her unique position as head of a Chapter 9 institution.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani yesterday said the ad hoc committee had been given permission to exercise its powers, in terms of Rule 138 of the National Assembly, which would allow it to take steps it deemed necessary to fulfil its mandate, including summoning any person to give evidence before it.
Sizani could not confirm nor deny whether Madonsela and Tlakula would be called before the committee.
"It depends on them [ad hoc committee members]; they will sit and consider the issues."
Senior ANC MP Luwellyn Landers was elected chairman of the ad hoc committee.
Landers is also the chairman of the justice portfolio committee, which has had two public spats with Madonsela this year.
Sizani insisted this would not compromise Landers's impartiality, saying: "I know for a fact that honourable Landers is a very fair and loyal MP.
"All our members deployed in this committee are under strict instructions to be fair, and there is no way you can expect ... Landers to prejudge ..."
Other senior ANC MPs deployed to the committee include former deputy justice minister Johnny de Lange, public service committee chairwoman Joyce Moloi-Moropa, Maggie Maunye, Advocate Andre Guam, Lindelwa Dunjwa and Buti Manamela.
Meanwhile, deputy auditor-general Kimi Makwetu has been endorsed "as the most suitable" candidate to replace Terence Nombembe.
Nombembe's non-renewable seven-year contract expires at the end of November.
Makwetu, a chartered accountant who joined the A-G's office in 2007, defeated MTN executive Lily Zondo following a selection process during which four other candidates were interviewed.
Parliament's recommendation to appoint Makwetu will be sent to the president.