State of­fi­cials re­fus­ing to be screened

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Babalo Ndenze

STATE em­ploy­ees in­volved in the gov­ern­ment’s multi­bil­lion-rand pro­cure­ment space are re­fus­ing to un­dergo se­cu­rity screen­ing, State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Bon­gani Bongo and his di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Arthur Fraser, have told par­lia­ment.

Bongo and Fraser ap­peared be­fore the stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts (Scopa) to ex­plain why thou­sands of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of state-owned com­pa­nies deal­ing with sup­ply chain man­age­ment had not been vet­ted as a mech­a­nism to tackle cor­rup­tion.

This is de­spite a 2014 cabi­net memo in­struct­ing the State Se­cu­rity Agency to vet all sup­ply chain em­ploy­ees. Scopa wanted an­swers af­ter it emerged last week that at Transnet alone‚ only 7% of about 700 sup­ply chain man­age­ment em­ploy­ees had been vet­ted.

Fraser said there were a few rea­sons why a lot of of­fi­cials were not vet­ted.

He said in many in­stances state of­fi­cials sim­ply re­fused to be vet­ted.

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