Auditor general’s investigation
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