Newly elected chairperson of parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) Rise Mzansi leader Songezo Zibi ( plans to bring a fresh and innovative approach to the role, expanding it beyond its traditional focus on probing wasteful and irregular expenditure. 

Zibi was elected to the position at a meeting of Scopa on Wednesday. The EFF’s Veronica Mente objected to his taking over the position on the grounds that Rise Mzansi is a member of the government of national unity (GNU) and therefore not qualified to take the chair. It has been a long-standing parliamentary convention that the chair of Scopa is a member of an opposition party. ..

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