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Scopa ready to bite SOEs pursuing money trail, says Hlengwa

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Accounts (Sco­pa) says it’s ready to bite State-Owned Enter­pris­es (SOEs) and munic­i­pal­i­ties embroiled in cor­rup­tion and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The track down came in the wake of a state­ment by Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) that well known com­pro­mised African Nation­al Con­gress (ANC) politi­cians are chair­ing Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tees.

“Peo­ple accused of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing are in key posi­tions and is a sign that account­abil­i­ty in the ANC is dead,” said DA.

Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Mkhuleko Hleng­wa said Sco­pa will dur­ing this Par­lia­men­tary term to not only vis­it head offices but go on the ground when con­duct­ing over­sight vis­its to var­i­ous enti­ties and depart­ments.

The enti­ties include cash strapped Eskom, South African Air­ways, South African Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, munic­i­pal­i­ties and the Depart­ment of Water and San­i­ta­tion.

Hleng­wa con­firmed he has writ­ten to the account­ing offi­cers of the depart­ments and enti­ties that have out­stand­ing mat­ters to sched­ule meet­ings with them.

“Sco­pa has vowed to put the bite back in the bark and to spare no effort in fol­low­ing the mon­ey trail in ensur­ing effec­tive over­sight and account­abil­i­ty in pur­suit of con­se­quence man­age­ment,” said Hleng­wa.

The com­mit­tee met on Tues­day to receive a brief­ing on the fifth Par­lia­ment lega­cy report and on out­stand­ing mat­ters that Sco­pa did not have time to con­clude.

Mean­while, DA wel­comes Pub­lic Ser­vice and Admin­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter, Sen­zo Mchunu’s will­ing­ness to revis­it and improve the reviewed Min­is­te­r­i­al Hand­book.

This fol­lows years of sus­tained pres­sure by the DA in push­ing for curbed lux­u­ries for politi­cians as con­tained in the ‘con­fi­den­tial’ guide.

“South Africa can­not afford pub­lic mon­ey spent on the lux­u­ry lives of politi­cians while pover­ty and unem­ploy­ment trap mil­lions of South Africans strug­gling under the ail­ing econ­o­my.

They must use pub­lic mon­ey to cre­ate pros­per­i­ty for the peo­ple, not to buy Porsches for politi­cians,” said DA.

 

 

 

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