Corruption Watch monitors CWP probe

Corruption Watch says the investigation into the CWP and its outcomes must be transparent.

Silas Mbedzi - Former acting CEO of Mvula Trust

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch has cautiously welcomed the terms of reference for government's investigation into the Community Work Programme (CWP) which are contained in a leaked document obtained by the organisation.

Eyewitness News and the Daily Maverick revealed allegations of corruption in the multibillion rand initiative, specifically relating to work done by the controversial Mvula Trust.

Last month the Minister for Cooperative Governance Richard Baloyi announced the launch of the investigation, despite a similar organisational review having taken place at the end of last year.

The terms of reference document singled out a R30 million tender awarded to the Mvula Trust and said allegations of collusion with the department must be investigated.

The CWP offers part-time work to around 170,000 people.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis said the investigation and its outcomes must be transparent.

"This appears to represent progress but what is regrettable is that if the minister and the department responded timeously to our report we may have avoided the hardships suffered by those workers on the Mvula site, who were forced to take to the streets to cure their wages."

He said they are worried the investigation is being done in-house and not by an inter-ministerial committee.

Baloyi wants the probe to be finished within two months.