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Scopa wants MECs expelled

2012-12-11 21:11

Johannesburg - The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) in the North West called for the expulsion of two MECs on Tuesday.

This came after Finance MEC Paul Sebegoe and Education MEC Louisa Mabe failed to appear before Scopa to address media reports stating the finance department spent R13m on legal fees for a disciplinary hearing.

The legislature said in a statement the disciplinary hearing concerned suspended department head (HOD) Johannes Mohlala.

Acting HOD Geo Paul reportedly wrote to Mabe asking if she was going to avoid standard practice and appoint a law firm on contract for the hearing, the cost of which was not allowed to exceed R500 000.

However, according to media reports an invoice from the law firm Mabe appointed showed the department paid nearly R2m for a single invoice, spending R13m in total.

It was reported that Mabe was the chief witness in the matter.

Scopa wanted Mabe and Sebegoe expelled because they both failed to appear before the committee to explain the matter as requested.

"The two sent apologies but the committee 'rejected them with contempt'," the legislature said.

Scopa chairperson Hlomane Chauke said public money could not be spent in that manner, with Sebegoe and Mabe refusing to take responsibility and account for it.

He said if media reports were correct, Mabe had acted in bad faith.

"They were given enough time to come and present facts to the committee and they failed to do so," said Chauke.

"If we do not take action we will see the collapse of accountability in the province."

Scopa resolved the matter be brought to the attention of Premier Thandi Modise. Comment from Sebegoe and Mabe could not be immediately obtained.

Comments
  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-12-11 21:37

    Who will fire them , as their bosses are also incompetent , corrupt and arrogant ? Enough of corruption news South Africa , we are all on medication after being exposed to this corruption taking place every day !

      godfrey.welman - 2012-12-11 22:03

      @Ray...sad but true, corruption and rape, which should SHOCK the nation has become "so-what" events particularly int the last 5 year.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-11 21:38

    Dont worry honey we have seen the collapse of RSA under the same "ruling" corrupt party --- all we want for Xmas is to be rid of the whole thieving lot!!! ... but they not going to attend any meetings other than making their way to Mautaung to have one big Anarchy Nepotism Corruption party with lots of cake & Jonny Walker Black Labels!

  • Lesetja Nathaniel Nkgweng - 2012-12-11 22:27

    somebody can b happy now cus its back fire

  • mpho.gift.1804 - 2012-12-11 22:39

    Fire them? Scopa is also toothless like all anti-corruption agencies. Firing them means 'cadre redeployment' to high posts for continuation of plundering taxpayer's monies.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-12-12 01:00

    What? Probably wouldn't share the spoils with the rest of the team. Tha's not the way it is done! they were appointed from above and they need to make payment to the Don.

  • sakhile.makhathini.7 - 2012-12-12 06:05

    Firing them aint enough,recoup the money first from the two MEC's. u need an inquiry soon to determine why 12.5 was paid to that law affirm? If the amount can't b justified by the law firm charge it for corruption.

  • mafa.smith.9 - 2012-12-12 06:19

    in our dreams Modise would intervene,stars will fall and the sun will vanish should she really stamp her feet against her birds of feathers

  • trevor.harris.9655 - 2012-12-13 06:28

    It is no longer acceptable that political leaders at any level think they are above the law. The only way to get rid of corruption is to apply the maximum penalty when found out... fire them, name them and shame them. Sad thing for SA is that the ANC does not have the "balls" or political will to do this. !!

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