Lobby group welcomes Ramaphosa's plan to remove SOE boards from tender processes

Corruption Watch has welcomed the plan to take boards out of tender process involved at state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that non-executive directors of SOEs will be removed from any role in procurement.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says this move will help clean-up SOEs and root out dodgy tender deals and systemic corruption.

Lewis says he has long criticised the role of board procurement committees at SOEs such as Transnet and Eskom.

He says there should be boundaries between the role of the shareholder, the board and the executives at parastatals.

There's absolutely no reason why non-executive directors should be involved in procurement and there's every reason why they shouldn't be.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

I think many people were put on those board procurement committees to serve commercial interests.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

Take a listen to David Lewis elaborate:


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