Gordhan to probe alleged impropriety at fiscal commission

By Drum Digital
12 September 2016

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will appoint an external company to investigate allegations of impropriety among members of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, National Treasury said in a statement on Monday

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Gordhan met with commissioners and staff members on Friday following allegations of impropriety. “The allegations have been shared with the members of the commission [and] the commission will, with the assistance of the National Treasury, appoint an external service provider to investigate the veracity of the allegations,” the statement read.

Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier, who is the party’s spokesperson for finance, said upon enquiry that he would submit a parliamentary question probing the scope of the investigation. "I had absolutely no idea that a scandal was brewing at the Financial and Fiscal Commission. We need to know what exactly what ‘impropriety’ is going to be investigated.”

The commission makes recommendations to Parliament, provincial and local governments and state departments on fiscal and financial matters. It consists of a chairperson and CEO, as well as seven commissioners.

In the same statement, Treasury announced that the term of office of Bongani Khumalo, acting chairperson and CEO, ended on August 31 2016.

Velile Mbethe, a former chief director of public finance at National Treasury, was appointed to the position of acting CEO for the time being.

Source: Fin24

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