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Scopa calls for NPA collaboration in fight against corruption

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts says it wants the NPA to start playing a role in its oversight of public institutions.

FILE: Scopa chairperson Themba Godi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) says it wants the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to start playing a role in its oversight of public institutions, with a view of prosecuting those responsible for the mismanagement of public funds.

Chairperson Themba Godi says over the past year, he believes his committee has restored the image of Parliament and raised the bar for other oversight committees.

Over the past year, Scopa has been relentless in holding state-owned entities to account for billions of rand in tender irregularities, irregular and wasteful expenditure.

Godi says the committee has played a vital role in ensuring government’s Anti-Corruption Task Team does more.

The Hawks have also attended numerous meetings and in 2018, Scopa wants them to start reporting back on their investigations.

“Because our executive has not taken action, Parliament has created that bridge through which we can ensure that action is taken without relying on the executive.”

He says a permanent NPA official will close the loop of investigation and prosecution and take Scopa’s oversight to even greater heights.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)