The damning provisional report also states that Mokgoro was enjoying a special remuneration regime unlike other government CFOs‚ earning an annual package of more than R2.2-million while receiving salary increases higher than his counterparts in the civil service.
Mokgoro has been receiving yearly increases of 7% while his colleagues got average increases of 5%.
“No justification existed for awarding a higher percentage cost-of-living adjustment to Mr Mokgoro that determined by the minister of public service and administration for members in the senior management service‚” said PSC director-general Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana.
Mamphiswana also reported that it was irregular for Mokgoro’s Honey Cloud Enterprises to trade with the department because civil servants were not allowed to trade with the state.
“Honey Cloud Enterprises was purchased in August 2015 as a shelf company‚ and the seeming utilisation of this entity as vehicle through which Mr Mokgoro was seconded with effect from 1 November 2017 is regarded as an effort to circumvent the regulatory framework related to secondments.”
Nxesi‚ who was present on the tense Tuesday meeting with Scopa‚ said: “For now chair I will reserve my comment until the final report … and the consideration of what I’ve submitted to the PSC”‚ when asked to speak by committee chair Themba Godi.