MPs are set to consider the terms of reference for a parliamentary inquiry into the cash-strapped water and sanitation department in a meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning.
The terms of reference as well as a draft programme will be decided in a joint meeting of the portfolio committee on water and sanitation and the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa).
In February, Scopa threatened to lay criminal charges against those responsible for the financial collapse of the department.
“This department has a long history of instability and financial mismanagement, and Scopa has resolved to open a criminal case against the department because of the R2.9bn overdraft that the department took with the Reserve Bank,” Scopa said in a statement at the time.
The parliamentary watchdog on public accounts also took aim at former water and sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who was shifted to the communications portfolio earlier in February.
“Scopa is concerned that it is ordinary people who are affected by the instability and financial mismanagement in this department, because South Africa is a water-stressed country,” it said.
“In reality, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has left a department that has completely collapsed.”
– African News Agency (ANA)