The Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, still hasn’t cancelled an emergency procurement allowances for Covid-19, as he promised two weeks ago.
However, National Treasury has also failed to meet its own deadline for a progress report to Parliament on action taken to stem Covdi-19 corruption.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) set report to the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance. For Minister to come back to the Committee to explain this failure.
Although, President and Minister Mboweni have spoken often about their commitment to stop Covid-19 corruption, but have dragged their feet on this.
Mboweni and the Director-General of the National Treasury made a commitment that emergency procurement allowances would be ended for all Covid-19 procurement, and that they would report back to the committee in 10 days on:
— Action to be taken against Directors General and accounting officers involved in misappropriation of Covid-19 funds.
— Public release of details of all Covid-19 expenditure.
The DA-governed Western Cape has already published these details.
Till date the Treasury has not done any of what it committed to. According to DA an Emergency procurement has not been ended, and no progress report has been made or submitted to the Committee by Treasury.
“The Minister and DG should return to the Committee to provide reasons why they have not been able to meet their commitments,” said DA.
Emergency procurement regulations have facilitated massive Covid-19 corruption involving senior ANC leaders and their families.
“It would take a simple Treasury instruction to end these allowances, and yet this instruction has not been issued, long after some Covid-19 corruption scandals have been exposed.” the party said.