DlodloTimesLIVE reports that one hundred senior officials at troubled power utility Eskom have refused to undergo the security vetting processes of the State Security Agency (SSA).  

This was revealed by SSA minister Ayanda Dlodlo and her department's senior officials at a meeting with parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa).  Dlodlo painted a grim picture of the SSA's capacity to probe the trustworthiness of senior government officials and executives at state-owned firms, with the minister reporting that many were simply refusing to be subjected to the security screening.  Scopa has for some time been demanding the vetting of senior government officials involved in government procurement spending or in the state's supply chain management.  The SSA's Sipho Blose said only 21 out of 121 top Eskom executives had complied or agreed to participate in their vetting processes.  In the cases of some other government entities, the outcomes of the processes were completely disregarded.  Dlodlo said her department was sitting with a huge vetting backlog as the spy agency did not have enough personnel to carry out the background checks, while it heavily relied on other government agencies such as the SAPS and SARS for information.


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