SCOPA Chairmanships In SA Grind Against Convention

30 July 2014.


The Inkatha Freedom Party has noted with great concern that seven of South Africa's Provincial Legislatures Chairpersonships of the Standing Committees on Public Accounts (SCOPA) are held by the ruling party.


IFP Spokesperson on Public Accounts, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, pointed out that "The credibility and objectivity of SCOPA is based on the global democratic convention that such committees are chaired by the opposition. It is regrettable that seven of nine Provincial Legislatures SCOPA's are chaired by the ruling party."


The National Assembly SCOPA is chaired by an Opposition MP; "On the basis that it is in the interests of transparency and accountability that this tradition is maintained because of the sensitive nature of the work SCOPA does; I challenge the ANC to relook at its deployments in this regard and do the honourable thing of handing over the Chairmanships of SCOPA to Opposition Parties in the respective Provincial Legislatures. The current situation makes the ruling party both a player and a referee in a crucial area of oversight." Said Hlengwa


Hlengwa added that "The current situation is not desirable and also flies in the face of recommendations by Auditors-General internationally, who advocate that the principled best practice is for an opposition member to chair important oversight committees and chief amongst them is SCOPA."


SCOPA Chairmanships in South Africa:


                Legislature                          Political Party


1              National Assembly               APC

2              Gauteng                              ANC

3              Limpopo                              ANC

4              Northern Cape                     ANC

5              North West                         ANC

6              Mpumalanga                       ANC

7              Free State                          ANC

8              KwaZulu-Natal                    ANC

9              Eastern Cape                     UDM

10            Western Cape                    ACDP


"We acknowledge that there is no law to the effect that opposition parties must chair SCOPA, but best practice, convention and tradition must not be negated to the point that we collapse the gains and strengths of our democratic progress." Concluded Hlengwa



For further information, please contact:

Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP

IFP Spokesperson on Public Accounts

0838712711 / 0765213221