Scopa probes R13m payment to lawyers

2013-01-24 22:26

Johannesburg - The North West standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) will investigate how a law firm was paid more than R13m, the provincial legislature said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Namhla Luhabe said former finance MEC Loiusa Mabe, current MEC Paul Sebegoe, and the acting head of the department Geo Paul failed to give the committee a clear account of procurement processes followed in appointing a law firm.

Morake Attorneys has been paid over R13m to organise a disciplinary hearing of the suspended head of department, Johannes Mohlala.

He was suspended in July 2011 for, among other things, lack of compliance with instructions from his superiors.

Luhabe said Sebegoe presented to the committee, saying Morake Attorneys had been paid R15.4m for handling the hearing of Mohlala, the chief financial officer, Harrieta Kasirivu and the chief director, Peter Mogoane.

"The cases of the latter two have been finalised but both are appealing. Morake Attorneys have been paid R13 332 449.95 for the disciplinary hearings of the three and was also paid R2 126 930.33, for other legal matters by the same department."

The acting head, Geo Paul, could not give the committee satisfactory answers when asked how Morake Attorneys were appointed, Luhabe said.

Morake Attorneys's fee was about five times higher than that of its counterparts.

Committee chairperson Hlomane Chauke was expected to meet Premier Thandi Modise next week.

Representatives of the Public Protector, the Hawks and the public service commissioner were expected to take part in the meeting to discuss how an investigation should unfold.

  • nmunyai - 2013-01-24 22:40

    Ayeye.... Heads wil roll

      Erna - 2013-01-24 23:04

      Don't hold your breath.

      yaya188 - 2013-01-25 00:27

      I overheard a group of 'young bucks' one day. They were discussing the most lucrative profession they could follow. Lawyering was top of their list, and the next one was dentistry. I can see now why the first choice was so popular.

      erin.wanza - 2013-01-25 00:55

      only heads of the poor will roll. These no wonder thabo tried to have jz convicted. The ANC is now the scourge of the country. The whole of government is just taking as much'as they can

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-01-25 09:08

      I wonder if the will donate to the flood victims? - 2013-01-25 09:30

      Look at their surnames. It says it all

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-24 22:59

    Good! Stpop stealung tax payers money

      willa.prinsloo - 2013-01-25 14:17

      dyslexia is a batsard

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-24 23:00

    Stop stealing tax payers money

      Erna - 2013-01-24 23:05

      Kallie why do you write everything more than once? Annoying.

      grant.hide - 2013-01-24 23:24

      why they stealing more than once, i mean more than a billions.

  • Erna - 2013-01-24 23:03

    Nice work if you can get it. If there is a way to scam money our anc cadres will know about it.

  • Notrax123 - 2013-01-24 23:03

    "Morake Attorneys's fee was about five times higher than that of its counterparts." This statement is hard to swallow, any company charging 5 times the fee of its compeditors will soon be out of business - unless of course if they do work for the government of South Africa.

      luke.dekoker - 2013-01-25 09:13

      What did zuma say the other day? "Donate & Support the anc and you will make millions"

      willa.prinsloo - 2013-01-25 14:19

      Exactly. A complaint should also be made to the Law Society to investigate overreaching.

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-25 00:58

    Its my phone you idiot! Dont read it then if it annoys you!

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-01-25 01:10

    Its my phone dont read it then erna

  • tommo.too - 2013-01-25 01:45

    Here we go again. Just a small example of many thousands of similar incidents across the land. The ANC is rotten inside out.

  • nsinyawarirhanzu.trevor - 2013-01-25 05:25

    why hire a private firm since its an internal departmental matter?stop fooling us u f*ckn looters by giving your business partners bogus contracts

  • neil.cuthbert.9 - 2013-01-25 05:43

    I wonder who's got a family member working there?

  • stephen.king.900 - 2013-01-25 05:48

    We give u the contract, u give us 50%. Done deal

  • pws69 - 2013-01-25 07:11

    Crony enrichment, and people still don't believe me when I say and corruption and incompetence have cost us over R2 TRILLION.

  • peasant.mcpoor - 2013-01-25 07:17

    If there is ever proof of the Devil, SA lawyers are it.

      peasant.mcpoor - 2013-01-25 09:06

      @arthur: u are correct, but all lawyers are funded by somebody here.justice is nothing but a whore in this country. Even more reason for my statement.

      willa.prinsloo - 2013-01-25 14:22

      BS. These "attorneys" need investigation.Definitely not the norm

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-25 07:27

    Here's a classic case of fraud to investigate fraud. We have fantastic compliant taxpayers. Of course , nothing will come of it except further enrichment of some uneducated useless people.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2013-01-25 07:34

    they will just be redeployed to another dept and resurface after the next election in a newly created dept and will be hailed as head of this or that ,thats how the corrupt recycle machine works

  • jannie.myburgh.16 - 2013-01-25 08:12

    Whats new ?? same old stories diffirent Provinces and Depts ANC MAKE UP

  • jason.wolff3 - 2013-01-25 08:13

    He was suspended in 2011 and to date nothing has happened. No one will be arrested, no money will be recovered and this will happen over and over again until there is no money left. The ANC Cadres are simply not able or willing to manage anything effectively.

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2013-01-25 08:26

    A commission of inquiry will be set up and investigate, and more of the taxpayer's money will be used for the inquiry.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-01-25 08:28

    Take your own guess where the money went to? When an organisation claims in its conference that it has raised R5b

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-01-25 09:08

    Here are the general principles for wealth generation in SA. 1. Tap into public funds...this is the prime rule. Private funding can also be lucrative but it takes much more effort and the competition is fiercly intelligent. 2. Inflate all projects. More people, more money, more time, more problems needing more plans, more money and round you go. 3. Keep new wealth in the family (extended), this reverses the dilution by sons problem of tribalisim. 4. Never show competence within your organisation. Bribing colleagues is more complex and dangerous than taking a cut from family contractors and consultants. And again, it keeps the wealth in the familiy so if you have to hive off 30% to keep the consultant it stays in the family. 5. Make the paper trail as complex as possible, so you need another consultant to manage it and round around we go.

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