Godi agrees Gigaba's incriminating Treasury report U-turn smacks of protection

Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba has told Parliament that a report submitted to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that was marked as final is not, in fact, the final report and must be withdrawn.

The Treasury report found that Eskom executives like Anoj Singh and Matshela Koko were involved in pressurising the mining company Glencore to sell Optimum Coal to the Gupta-owned company Tegeta.

The Midday Report host, Stephen Grootes spoke to Scopa chair Themba Godi about what transpired.

Grootes: This report was marked as final, it was submitted to you, now it seems Malusi Gigaba is saying it's not final, what do you make of it?

I must say, I was surprised by that. I don't think that reflects well on Treasury because I would imagine various processes of checking reports before they come to Parliament are done. It can only be a pointer to some problems in Treasury.

Themba Godi, Chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts

As far as the body of the report is concerned there are no issues but I think it is around the recommendations that they say they need to strengthen, from a legal point of view.

Themba Godi, Chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Grootes: A cynic would say there could be a difference between officials at National Treasury and Malusi Gigaba?

I would agree but whatever comes out of National Treasury, the administrative and political heads should have sorted their stuff out before it comes to Parliament. The fact that you have that, is in itself a sign of disjuncture.

Themba Godi, Chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts

But, equally, if you recall that National Treasury officials had initially sent out an interim report, you get a sense of there being a power game at play.

Themba Godi, Chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Grootes: Are you able to go ahead as if the report is final or do you have to accept his word that it is not final and wait for a final report?

When National Treasury initiated the investigation, they didn't have Scopa in mind. We came in to assist them when they complained to say they are not getting any cooperation.

Themba Godi, Chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Grootes: When someone hears that Gigaba is changing a report that made a finding against Koko and Singh and looking at the context of Gupta emails, they're immediately going to think that he is protecting people.

I fully agree with you.

Themba Godi, Chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts

This article first appeared on 702 : Godi agrees Gigaba's incriminating Treasury report U-turn smacks of protection


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