Parliament, Wednesday, 23 May 2017 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is worried about the sentences given to individuals who have robbed the state of billions of rands through corruption. Scopa has noticed that individuals who have committed crimes of corruption get suspended sentences of three years or very low amounts of fines. Scopa believes that these individuals who rob the country of a lot of money and who are the cause of the rot that is increasingly plaguing the country, should receive very harsh sentences to show that this country is serious about curbing corruption.
Scopa has always maintained that lack of consequences to those doing wrongdoing with public money, particularly fraud and corruption, should face the wrath of the law. That is why Scopa has committed itself to have regular engagements with the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT) to speak to these issues and find a way to tackle the increasing scourge of corruption. Scopa has committed itself to meet with the ACTT on a quarterly basis to receive feedback and to monitor their (ACTT’s) work.
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