Action on procurement irregularities must be the focus of Procurement Bill
13 July 2020
Political meddling in procurement of goods and services is the main reason for our country’s regression
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) recently made submissions to the National Treasury on the Public Procurement Bill, emphasising the importance of the successful implementation of a strong and strict procurement process.
“The Public Procurement Bill provides long-awaited legislative reform which aims to better public spending. Tax money must be invested in the country, and it must work for the citizens and businesses,” said Julius Kleynhans, Strategy and Development Executive at OUTA. “We made some constructive comments on a good bill, and trust that it will enhance accountability when it comes to putting hard-earned taxes to work in the future.”
At a time when tax revenue is shrinking and budget deficits are widening, the best possible management of public procurement is of critical importance. It is imperative to ensure that the contracting of goods or services is done in accordance with a system that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective, as envisioned in the Constitution of South Africa.