- The State Capture Inquiry started on Monday under the leadership of Raymond Zondo
- Tuesday saw the first witness, Willie Mathebula, appear before the Commission of Inquiry
The State Capture Inquiry started on Monday and despite the general lack of faith from South Africans that justice will prevail, everyone is still eager to know how it progresses.
On Tuesday, Willie Mathebula was the first witness to testify at the Commission of Inquiry, according to a report by Briefly.co.za.
Mathebula is the current acting procurement officer at the National Treasury and has more than 15 years in various positions within the Treasury Department.
He explained to the commission how the procurement process works and how the system can be abused by those within the government.
TimesLIVE reported that Mathebula said more than 50% of the government contracts that are challenged in court are because the bidders tried to abuse the system.
Briefly decided to make a short summary of what Mathebula said during his time in front of the commission.
Here are the 5 most important things that were said by Mathebula today, as reported on by EWN:
- His office was put in place to address problems of abuse in public procurement, to make transparency possible and to take on fraud and corruption.
- In 2001, a new procurement system in line with the Constitution replaced the state tender board - this went against the Constitution.
- Procurement in SA is centralised but the execution of policies is decentralised.
- The Treasury must deal with corruption by looking into suspected corruption and then cancelling contracts after which suppliers must be restricted from doing any business with the government.
- The government does not have what it takes to stop this abuse of tender processes.
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