ANC Blocks Release of PetroSA Forensic Audit Report: What Are They Hiding?


South Africa’s official opposition party is alleging that the ruling party used its majority to keep PetroSA Forensic Audit Report away from the public.

It was at yesterday’s Portfolio Committee on Energy gathering that the ANC MPs ensured that the PetroSA forensic audit report is withheld from the public despite the agitations of the opposition against the move.

Disclosing that the PetroSA forensic audit report exposed R14.5 billion losses, DA asserted that the ANC and its cadres are doing their utmost to evade accountability for the colossal losses at PetroSA.

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Meanwhile, PetroSA has maintained that the audit report contains commercially sensitive information as well as allegations against named individuals.

Fikile Majola, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Energy only agreed to release a brief summary of the findings after DA’s intensive objection against the report remaining secret.

DA also rejected Majola’s move. “This is unacceptable, releasing a summary directly undermines the transparency required when state institutions report to Parliament,” argued the party.

With that, it indicated that it will be writing to Majola to demand the “full sight of the underlying documents”.  The party said it will be escalating its request to Parliament’s Chair of Chairs if Majola fails to comply.

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“Rule 227 (1) (c) of the National Assembly Rules gives powers to the Portfolio Committees to ‘monitor, investigate, enquire into and make recommendations concerning any such executive organ of the state, constitutional institution or body or institution….’

“The fact that the reports are being withheld is a direct violation of the National Assembly rules as well as the Constitution. There is a stench of political concealment with regard to the audit reports and it is becoming clear that ANC cadres are implicated in the findings, which spurs on the need to keep the reports secret.

“We will not rest until we get to the bottom of PetroSA’s financial problems. The first step must be the airing of all financial malfeasance embedded within the forensic audit report. It is crucial that the people of South Africa know how their money is being managed by state institutions,” added Maimane’s party.

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