Parliament’s Scopa subpoenas Transnet after no-show

Board chairperson Linda Mabaso sought an eleventh-hour postponement, saying she needed more time to prepare. However, Scopa says it won’t agree to an alternative date.

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

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has subpoenaed Transnet to appear before it in the new year after it dodged a meeting last week to discuss irregular contracts worth billions.

But the company is already looking to postpone the meeting.

It’s the first time during this session of Parliament that the committee invokes its power to subpoena.

Chairperson Themba Godi says the committee views Transnet’s no-show as an affront to Parliament.

Transnet appeared before Scopa on two occasions over two weeks in November to discuss irregular expenditure.

But it failed to show up at a third meeting last week after Parliament had already gone into recess, despite agreeing on the date.

Board chairperson Linda Mabaso sought an eleventh-hour postponement, saying she needed more time to prepare.

Parliamentarians were outraged.

The Hawks’ head of anti-corruption Zami Basi had to be turned away after he was due to present a progress report on investigations into Transnet.

Godi says he won’t agree to an alternative date.

“Our plate is already full of outstanding things from the CFO. We’ll not be flexible, especially since it’s something that they brought upon themselves.”

The chief executive, chief financial officer and the board will all be expected to turn up on 23 January.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)