'Magwaza's exit package amounts to fruitless, wasteful expenditure'

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) met on Tuesday to discuss its agenda for the third term of the year.

FILE: Former Scopa chairperson Themba Godi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The controversial resignation of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO, Thokozani Magwaza, South African Airways’ latest bailout and the cash crisis at the Department of Water and Sanitation are on the priority list of Parliament’s public purse watchdog, according to its chairperson.

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) met on Tuesday to discuss its agenda for the third term of the year.

Scopa is concerned about Magwaza’s sudden resignation.

He was pressured to resign amid reports that he favoured the Post Office to take over the payment of social grants from the controversial service provider, Cash Paymaster Services.

Scopa chair, Themba Godi says Magwaza accepted an exit package when he stepped down last month.

“Does it not constitute fruitless and wasteful expenditure because he was supposed to be on his desk working for that money, but he is not and he’s getting paid? It can only be because it is the minister who is in the wrong, who wanted to get rid of him.”

Members of parliament want an update on Sassa’s progress in complying with a Constitutional Court ruling on social grant disbursements.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)