A war of words erupted between the Minister of Public Works & Scopa on the CFO post



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Scopa's investigation into the appointment of Boitumelo Cox Mokgoro has been suspended due to procedural errors in handling reports on the matter by the Public Service Commission.

A video review from the Chair Permanent in the Public Account (Scopa) chairman Themba Godi. Image: YouTube

CAPE TOWN – A war of words has erupted between the Ministry of Public Works and parliamentary supervisors over the public wallet, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa).

Scopa's investigation into the appointment of chief financial officer of the finance department Boitumelo Cox Mokgoro has been suspended due to procedural errors in handling reports on the matter by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said while he respected the decision, it eliminated it, Mokgoro and the department had the opportunity to respond to what he said were unfounded and very prejudiced allegations.

Nxesi said he now took legal advice with the intention of taking the Scopa process on legal review, but Scopa chairman Themba Godi had retaliated.

Nxesi said while it was the Parliament's duty to hold executives accountable, he was concerned about the "real and baseless" damage to his reputation, his department, and Mokgoro without them being able to respond to the charges.

Scopa was ordered by House committee chairman Cedric Frolick to immediately stop his investigation because he mocked parliamentary procedures in asking the PSC to investigate.

Nxesi said the charges against Mokgoro were regulated and part of the counter-insurgency by the corrupt syndicate in his department after he launched two investigations into alleged wrongdoing.

But Godi said the threat of unprecedented legal action was an attempt to cover up irregularities and that the committee would not be hindered in their work.

He said Nxesi and Mokgoro still had to explain and that he would seek clarification from the Speakers' office about how the PSC report on Mokriori's appointment had to be dealt with.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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