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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