USASSA Probe regrettable but necessary: Carrim
Mar 27,2014 0 Comments
The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) among others for the maladministration in relation to the recruitment process which resulted in the appointment, in 2013, of the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorising the SIU to investigate allegations in respect of affairs of the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (the Agency).
Zuma has ordered the SIU to investigate amongst others, the allegations of serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the Agency and its Board and Improper or unlawful conduct by employees of the Agency.
The Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property and Unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property will also form part of the investigation.
In response to the investigation ordered by Zuma, Communication minister Yunus Carrim said the department welcomes the probe. “Obviously it is regrettable, but the Proclamation is absolutely necessary in view of the persistent allegations against USAASA, and the USASSA Board and CEO’s flat rejection of them.
“The matters have been dragging on for too long, and it is in the interests of USAASA, our Department and the public that the inquiries are completed as soon as possible.
Carrim reiterates the importance of the agency and says a speedy finalization of the investigation will result in the agency going back to its core business. “
“USAASA has a crucial role in delivering ICT services to the poor and disadvantaged, and cannot have this cloud of controversy over it. With the finalization of the SIU investigation, USAASA will be far better placed to focus on its mandate to deliver to the poor.” He said
According to the presidency the SIU is further authorised to investigate the Agency’s funding, by way of a subsidy in the amount of R500 million, to a service provider for the construction and expansion of an electronic communications network for Emalahleni Local Municipality and the procurement of services in relation to the Rapid Deployment of Public Access Facilities Programme and payments made in relation thereto.