The Mail & Guardian on Thursday revealed that the ANC plans to offer the position of the chairpersonship of Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
However, the ANC has declined to confirm which party has been elected for the position stating that it is still involved in negotiations.
IFP Member of Parliament and national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says should the position be officially offered, the party will gladly accept.
Scopa is part of the necessary checks and balances of oversight within the Parliamentary system and the ANC is working within the confines of tradition by offering the position to the opposition party and it will be a welcomed move.— Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Member of Parliament and national spokesperson - IFP
According to Hlengwa, the continuation of the work of Scopa will be important in resolving issues that were brought before it.
He highlights the issues regarding South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa), Water and Sanitation problems as well as the Department of Correctional Services.
It is important that it doesn't only point out to the failures of the government departments but also provide solutions, holding the departments by the hand.— Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Member of Parliament and national spokesperson - IFP
Another important thing is the relationships that Scopa has built throughout the years with government institutions like Treasury and the Hawks.— Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Member of Parliament and national spokesperson - IFP
Scopa should really not shy away from laying charges and referring matters to the law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecutions.— Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Member of Parliament and national spokesperson - IFP
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This article first appeared on 702 : Inkatha Freedom Party ready to accept Scopa chair if ANC offers