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Treasury team sent packing due to CPO’s absence at Parly meeting

New chief procurement officer Willie Mathebula was not present at the meeting, drawing the ire of Members of Parliament.

Picture: www.treasury.gov.za.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) has sent a National Treasury team packing due to the absence of the chief procurement officer (CPO).

Treasury officials were to have briefed Scopa on the extent to which government departments deviate from the law when ordering goods and services.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says the CPO is the person responsible for accounting for such deviations.

However, the former CPO Kenneth Brown, resigned from Treasury some time ago - while his acting replacement Schalk Human was this week moved from the post.

Human’s replacement, new chief procurement officer Willie Mathebula, was not present at Tuesday’s meeting, drawing the ire of Members of Parliament.

Godi says a fresh meeting will now be scheduled.

He says the committee’s asked Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane to ensure that Mathebula is present.

Godi says this is necessary so that those responsible can account for National Treasury when it comes to answering questions from committee members.

Meanwhile, Scopa will on Tuesday evening meet with the South African Social Services Agency and the South African Post Office for an update on the proposed new social grants payment system.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)