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Johannesburg - The Gauteng standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) has vowed to reopen a probe into claims of fraud and corruption into the government entity Blue IQ.
This was the decision taken at the portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday where members of all the parties - the ANC, DA and Cope - agreed to revive the investigation that stalled in 2010.
At the time, Scopa had set up an investigative committee to probe massive salaries paid to Blue IQ board members while the controversial Pikitup managing director, Amanda Nair, was still the agency’s chief executive.
At the time, it was reported that Blue IQ board members together earned more than R4 million. Members were paid R20 000 for attending each meeting.
The then Blue IQ chairwoman, Noedine Isaacs-Mpulo, was reportedly paid R25 000 for each meeting and took home R901 000 for work done for Blue IQ while she served on the boards of other entities.
Scopa chairman Sipho Makama agreed that the investigation should be revived, and he tasked committee member Glenda Steyn, the DA’s spokeswoman on public accounts, to update Scopa on what happened to the previous investigation by Friday.
The Star understands that one of the critical issues expected to be resolved by the committee is the agency’s failure to submit consolidated statements for the 2009 financial year.
The office of the auditor-general will be requested to assist in the investigation.
The committee is also expected to seek assistance from the police and the Hawks.