Corruption Watch: ‘why was JZ’s adviser not paid?’

2013-09-16 00:00

CORRUPTION Watch, Cosatu’s anti-corruption section, has served court papers at the Constitutional Court to query non-payments to President Jacob Zuma’s legal adviser, Michael Hulley, the Sunday Independent reported yesterday.

Corruption Watch was created within Cosatu by members who include the suspended secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi, and it aims to openly and independently criticise the ruling party.

Many in the ANC feel such criticism should be handled inside the alliance structures rather than in public.

Corruption Watch lived up to its independent claims when it sharply criticised Vavi for having conducted an affair with a junior staff member.

The latest issue tackled by Corruption Watch’s involves Hulley in a court case on a tender award for the payment of grants.

In the papers, Absa AllPay asks for the cancellation of the tender, which was awarded by the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

Corruption Watch’s court papers, as quoted by the the Sunday Independent, state that Sassa appointed Hulley on ad hoc-basis as legal adviser at R21 000 a day, but never paid him.

In the court papers, Sassa CEO Raphaahle Ramokgopa explained that Hulley probably was not paid because of his broader relationship with the government.

Corruption Watch is trying to determine what this broader relationship could entail and how this led to Hulley’s non-payment, a process that could cause a lot of discomfort in the government.

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