The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has referred two departments and one entity to the Hawks to investigate the "appalling" state of their financial affairs. Scopa this week asked the Hawks to investigate the Department of International Relations, the Department of Basic Education and the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) after they incurred billions in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. The Department of Basic Education incurred R44m in wasteful expenditure as a result of its Kha ri Gude programme. Scopa wants the Department of International Relations’ chief financial officer investigated for financial misconduct. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stopped short of threatening to leave a Scopa meeting this week when committee members was asked her to explain how her department had lost R2bn because of irregular expenditure. MPs who serve on Scopa, including ANC members, were unimpressed when the minister withheld answers and told her she cou...

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