Aug 8, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Corruption inquiry into Government Printing Works gave Motsoaledi ‘sleepless nights’, parliament hears

Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi has told parliament he intends to take strong action against anyone accused of sabotaging the government printing works.

The minister on Tuesday briefed parliament’s Home Affairs Committee on the investigation into the loss of financial records and resumes (CVs); and the Hawks’ investigation into allegations of corruption at the organization.

“It concerned me greatly because it could disrupt the country’s economy. Ransom.” I was even more concerned because I appeared before this committee to tell you that we had established a foothold on the African continent by serving it.

“Namibia wants us to print important security documents for you and after my announcement about Namibia Kenya came on board and on a high level. Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Uhuru Kenyatta signed an agreement on behalf of the GPW on the work that needs to be done,” Motsoaledi said.

“Since then, many governments have come to the fore. Last week I had a meeting with the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The amount of work they are asking us to do for the DRC is overwhelming.”

Motsoaledi said he was wondering if SA will accept offers from these countries, “we will disappoint them, especially on security issues , when did you put your trust in our hands because of some of the things that are happening there (GPW)?”

He said the matter gave him sleepless nights after the ICT systems collapse at GPW in February of last year.

“There is a gentleman who whistled in an affidavit sent to the Office of the Speaker of Parliament. He claimed that what happened there was not an accident, it was something planned either by omission or by a commission.”

Motsoaledi said he was concerned by the statement.< /p>

“It suited me sleepless nights because this is a national key point where security is very important. You don’t want people deliberately bringing things down for whatever reason, and that’s why it was worrying.”

Motsoaledi’s concerns grew when the legal professions were unable to finalize estates and to enforce because they were unable to obtain certain documents they needed.

That is why he approached President Ramaphosa to ask him to appoint a investigative tribunal, which was at the GPW was going on.

Ramaphosa told him that as Minister he had “every right and power” to appoint such a court or body.

“Therefore I decided to appoint the panel (which was initially chaired by attorney Mojankunyane Gumbi). The panel should investigate the data loss. Committee members were told while there that there was a power surge (damaging infrastructure) to investigate.”

The panel is now chaired by Papati Malavi.

Motsoaledi wants investigators to investigate whether the lost data can be recovered and if so, how.

“They should also look at security. The committee was informed by the GPW about stolen applications and resumes. It will discourage South Africans from applying for a job only to find that their CVs are being selectively stolen.”

Motsoaledi said he too would not feel safe applying to this institution would apply for a job.

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The investigators should make recommendations and follow-up management.

“The main recommendation was the issue of ICT governance, digital transformation and corporate governance and the physical governance of the entire institution by virtue of serving the countries I mentioned.

“I wanted strong recommendations so that when I come to you to brag about the number of countries, I would GPW use, am assured no offense will happen,” he said.

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