DA: Scopa starting to show its teeth

2012-08-22 22:14


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Johannesburg - The National Assembly's public accounts committee (Scopa) has started showing its teeth, the DA said on Wednesday.

Scopa had recommended that action be taken against the director general who presided over the labour department's "poor financial management" in the 2010/2011 financial year, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Dion George said.

"This would likely include steps against controversial government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi," George said in a statement.

"[Manyi] held the position of DG in the department from 2009 until his suspension from the position in June 2010, and [against] Sam Morotoba, who was acting in the position following Manyi's suspension."

George said the DA had put pressure on Scopa to hold officials accountable if there were financial breakdowns in government departments.

The Public Finance Management Act allows for disciplinary steps to be taken, or criminal charges to be laid against officials, George said.

Yet charges were rarely laid in terms of this act, he said.

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