Deloitte appointment above board: SIU

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) says all procurement processes were duly adhered to when appointing consulting firm Deloitte.

The firm is currently assisting the Unit with an Organisational Review.

In statement on Friday, the unit said all processes were followed including an open competitive bidding process, which was audited by the SIU’s Internal Audit Department.

The SIU management said it was satisfied that the procurement process was fair, transparent, equitable and according to the policies of the SIU.

The Head of the Unit, Advocate Andy Mothibi, has stated that, “as a further assurance measure, the SIU will also refer this process to be audited by the Auditor General of South Africa and/or Office of the Chief Procurement Officer”.

Mothobi said the SIU management practices an open door policy that encourages openness and transparency within the organisation.

He said any issues relating to the content of any of the ‘employees’ wellness programmes should be brought to the attention of the management.  

He added that any procurement done in relation to the implementation of the employee wellness programme is done in line with the SIU procurement policies, National Treasury Regulations, as well as the Public Finance Management Act.

“Given that our primary mandate is to prevent financial losses to the state caused by acts of corruption, fraud and maladministration, we are committed to adhering to the highest standards or professionalism at all times.

“Any allegations of impropriety against the SIU undermine the authority that the organisation has to implement its mandate. We would like to reiterate that if there are any specific allegations, SIU is open to receive those and will deal with them or to refer those allegations to other law enforcement agencies,” said Mothibi. -

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