He said they relied on heads of institutions to inform the SSA and to provide the relative information on people that required vetting. "We would find on instances documentation would go amiss or incomplete documents are forwarded by institutions‚" said Fraser.
Bongo said they were now planning to use new technology to expedite the vetting of state employees.
"Since I joined the department we are busy with regulatory framework and taking samples of technology that can do vetting as fast as possible because it is quite a tedious process. The vetting process itself is quite a lengthy process. But we are happy we can take one or two members to the joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI) so we can take members through the process to see what are the technological samples we are taking so we can move faster‚" said Bongo. IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said the SSA basically admitted to its failure to vet supply chain officials.
"We asked the question that have people been vetted and the answer is a resounding no. Supply chain management is the playground of corruption. That is where corruption takes place. Supply chain is where people are looting funds day in day out‚" said Hlengwa.
DA MP David Ross said they were all concerned at the "lack of progress" in the vetting of supply chain officials.