Au­di­tor gen­eral’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

IN YOUR in­ves­ti­ga­tion of eight ser­vice providers con­tracted to do work for the CCMA, you found that none com­plied with sup­ply chain man­age­ment re­quire­ments. Does this point to cor­rup­tion in the CCMA?

In terms of our man­date we’re not a court of law. What we do is es­tab­lish the facts and mea­sure them against the re­quire­ments. Our find­ings sim­ply state the facts and rec­om­mend that the CCMA should widen the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It’s very im­por­tant to note that ours was not a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But surely find­ings that there was R23m worth of ir­reg­u­lar pay­ments made to ser­vice providers, con­tracts be­ing awarded at higher rates than the ap­proved con­tract fig­ure as well as find­ings that re­veal how some ten­ders were split or awarded with­out go­ing out on ten­der sug­gest that CCMA of­fi­cials are col­lud­ing with ser­vice providers?

That’s not our po­si­tion to say. In­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary pro­cesses (led by the depart­ment) will de­ter­mine that. Non-com­pli­ance with Trea­sury sup­ply chain man­age­ment re­quire­ments may not nec­es­sar­ily con­sti­tute an of­fence. It may be a lack of train­ing and skill. In many in­stances the CCMA sup­ply chain man­age­ment sys­tem did

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