IMC Investigating COVID-19 Corruption Is Dithering

Lack of coordination are reminiscent of the lack of progress of a previous IMC set up to deal with outstanding Eskom debt.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s newly established Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) investigating corruption and fraud connected to Covid-19 procurement is already delaying.

However, IMC was first supposed to brief Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) on work relating to COVID-19 corruption on Friday, 14 August 2020.

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But the meeting was postponed to Tuesday, 18 August 2020.

In addition, it then turned out that the Chairperson of the IMC and Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola, was not available resulting in a further postponement to today, 21 August 2020.

According to Democratic Alliance (DA) the meeting held this on Friday morning, SCOPA was informed that National Treasury, which is responsible for 50% of the Committee’s work, was not available as they were committed to another meeting.

“Lack of coordination are reminiscent of the lack of progress of a previous IMC set up to deal with outstanding Eskom debt,” said DA.

The Eskom IMC was originally chaired by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and now chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza.

The party said he missed Thursday questions in Parliament due to apparent long-standing ill health.

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That IMC has achieved exactly nothing and there seems to be a precedent that IMCs set up by the President are merely smokescreens.

The dithering that is already on show from the COVID-19 corruption IMC, is a sign of things to come.

When the President first announced this IMC, the DA called it out for what it is a toothless gathering of ANC cadres that has no real capacity to investigate and prosecute those involved in the COVID-19 looting spree.

 

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