Johann Krog, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance
DESPITE a resolution by KwaZulu-Natal’s Scopa and Finance portfolio committees, aimed at providing oversight committees with access to full forensic reports, KZN’s Finance MEC has balked at the proposal, instead recommending that committees continue to receive executive summaries of these reports.
The MEC’s rejection of the ruling took place during a sitting of the provincial legislature. The resolution comes on the advice of the provincial parliament’s legal team. It has also been requested by the Auditor-General, Terrence Nombembe, who confirmed that failure to release full forensic audit reports to Scopa and Finance portfolio committee members was in contravention of Section 212 of the Constitution.
Yet the MEC refuses to acknowledge this and appears intent on presenting committee members with her own executive summary, which is entirely insufficient. The DA calls on the MEC to accept the resolution of the legislature and commit to transparency. If portfolio committees are to be effective they must have access to these reports, as well as the reports of internal auditors and treasury’s audit unit.