Scopa meeting: Fransman and Uys stage walk out

Marius Fransman and Pierre Uys say they walked out because the process was flawed and politically motivated.

Marius Fransman and Pierre Uys say they walked out because the process was flawed and politically motivated. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two Western Cape ANC leaders say they walked out of a provincial Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) meeting because the process was flawed and politically motivated.

Marius Fransman and Pierre Uys were yesterday summoned by Scopa to answer questions related to an Auditor-General's report.

It found more than R10 billion had been spent on consultants by the provincial government between 2008 and 2011.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims the majority of contracts were signed by the province's ANC-led provincial administration.

Fransman and Uys abruptly left the Scopa meeting when DA members of the committee objected to their request for a postponement.

The pair would not respond to anything under oath because they wanted the committee to submit questions in writing first.

"We will go and investigate legally if the committee used in an immature way a majority decision and disregard it on administrative justice and procedural correctness."

Fransman accused the DA of playing a political game.

"They are trying to use the legislative arm to make up for what they are losing on the ground."

It appears it's now up to Scopa's legal advisers to recommend to the legislature what action to take against the pair for walking out of the meeting.

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