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Members of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) has accused government officials of arrogance and giving clumsy answers to questions on a report by the auditor-general.
Scopa had been questioning director-generals from provinces and national departments on the report, released in August last year, on entities that are connected to government workers and that are doing business with national departments.
"They are arrogant and something needs to be done," ANC MP Enock Mbili said yesterday.
"We cannot continue like this. This report is eight months old. What we have here is that systems are not in place."
The committee had heard that government accounting officers had reportedly not been putting control mechanisms in place to monitor conflicts of interest in national and provincial departments.
"We come to Cape Town, we left our responsibilities and yet we get such clumsy responses," Gauteng Scopa chairperson Sipho Makana said.
"This should be taken as contempt of Parliament," another Scopa member said.
The report, completed in the 2005-06 financial year, found that 46 government employees did not have approval to do business with national departments. About R35,7million was paid out to these firms. Those owned or linked to public servants are reported to be involved in government tenders amounting to more than R600million.
The director general of the Treasury Lesetja Kganyago told the committee that "accounting officers need to be called in to explain what they have been doing". - Sapa