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Uncooperative SOE officials hampering vetting process, MPs told

Cabinet issued a directive in 2014 in an attempt to curb corruption, stating that senior officials, particularly those working in procurement, must be vetted.

State Security Agency head Arthur Fraser in Parliament ahead of Scopa meeting on 7 December 2017. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN

CAPE TOWN - State Security Agency (SSA) head Arthur Fraser says the refusal of officials in state-owned companies to be vetted is hampering the agency’s ability to comply with a Cabinet directive.

He says that labour movements are particularly resistant.

Fraser and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo appeared before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Thursday to explain why so few officials at South African Airways (SAA) and Transnet have been vetted.

Cabinet issued a directive in 2014 in an attempt to curb corruption, stating that senior officials, particularly those working in procurement, must be vetted.

Fraser says a lack of capacity within the agency and the high number of people that must be vetted, are major challenges to the process.

“We are vetting... I think we’re not doing enough. I want to indicate and acknowledge that.”

But Bongo says the vetting process has not stalled.

“We also accept that we may not have moved at a desirable pace.”

Fraser says that sanctions must be imposed on institutional heads who refuse to submit to the vetting process.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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