Should parliament have its way, the ministers, Komphela and dozens of other MPs - most of whom are ANC members - will not only not have to pay their alleged Travelgate debts, they will also be paid back whatever legal fees they rang up in fighting the claims.
This, according to two legal experts consulted on the matter, could result in taxpayers footing a "very substantial" legal bill.
Parliament will, however, first have to answer some uncomfortable accusations that it colluded with Bathong's liquidators to stop the recovery of MPs' alleged debts.
The claims were made by Jackson & Neethling Chartered Accountants and Flare Beverages, two of the Bathong creditors, who took legal action after parliament published a tiny notice in the Government Gazette, revealing that it would ask creditors of Bathong to instruct liquidators "to cease all other litigation as against the members of parliament in relation to all 'vouchers' that may have been utilised by Bathong Travel or its directors or shareholders".
It further stated that liquidators would be told not "to pursue any action as against the various members of parliament in relation to the un-invoiced tickets, levies and/or services".
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