Scopa raises alarm over Correctional Services’ irregular expenditure

Parliament's standing committee on public accounts is concerned over the financial stability of Correctional Services.

FILE: The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is concerned over the financial stability of Correctional Services which is apparently facing bankruptcy.

During a Scopa meeting this week, it emerged that the department has incurred nearly a half a billion rand in irregular expenditure since 2011.

This also includes the controversial R378 million prison security contract with Integrated Solutions which was found to be irregular by Treasury.

Scopa has raised concern over what it calls the slow pace of Correctional Services' investigations into cases of irregular expenditure amounting to R494 million.

The department apparently also used up its budget for the year and is unable to settle debt of R134 million owed to suppliers.

There are also allegations of corruption and conflict of interest cases being probed by the SIU regarding contracts awarded to department employees.

The African National Congress’ study group in the committee describes the situation as mismanagement and says the lack of accountability from officials is disturbing.

It is demanding Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha take action against National Commissioner Zach Modise and other senior officials.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)