Scopa to probe business ventures between state employees, govt

Scopa says it will investigate instances where State employees and their families conduct business with government.

FILE: SCOPA Chair, Themba Godi. Picture: Danya Philander/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) says it will investigate instances where state employees and their families conduct business with government.

Committee members on Tuesday engaged with the Hawks, South African Revenue Service (Sars) and other state institutions as part of efforts to cut back on fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The committee meeting with the Hawks, Sars and National Treasury officials has resolved to boost Parliament’s corruption fighting efforts.

Committee chairperson Themba Godi says Scopa will also be looking into business ventures between state employees and government.

“We engaged with Sars to see how they can assist us in going a little bit deeper to be able to expose and bring these acts into the open.”

Early next year, the committee is to engage Treasury on investigations into Denel, Eskom, Transnet and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)