State Capture Inquiry

Second day of #StateCaptureInquiry wraps up with Treasury's acting CPO

Acting Chief Procurement officer at Treasury Willie Mathebula has testified at the State Capture Inquiry and has outlined the operational framework of National Treasury to determine where public procurement played a role in state capture.

He has conceded at that there could be some gaps in Treasury's regulatory framework.

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela attended Tuesday's proceedings in Parktown.

His testimony was important because a lot of corruption happened in the awarding of tenders. He was very technical in his testimony and did not implicate anyone.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

He estimated the procurement spend of government, annually, to be about R 800 billion.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

What he did was explain how the deviation from the procurement system was abused - with some organs of the state seeing the deviations as a way to dodge the rules and dish out tenders to friends and associates and give an example of how a contract would start at about R4 million and end up sitting at R200 million.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

Mathebula says a number of proposals have been put forward to deal with the issue.

He says there should be a reclassification of procurement transgressions so that cases are fast tracked. He says maybe there should also be a special tribunal to deal with these cases.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

The commission will sit again on Friday when Former deputy finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas takes the stand.

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