USAASA Board responds to UDM allegation

The Board of Directors of the Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), a State-owned institution and portfolio organisation under the Department of Communications established to promote access to ICT, have issued a statement declaring its intention to act on allegations of corruption and maladministration contained in a United Democratic Movement (UDM) open letter published on the Party’s website.

Bantu Holomisa, South African Member of Parliament and President of the United Democratic Movement (image: MSN)

According to the statement the Agency’s Board acknowledged the letter written by MP Bantu Holomisa, alleging looting of state resources at USAASA and expressed its concern at reference in the published document to confidential information only available to staff.

“A Board resolution was issued last week to instruct the Independent Audit & Risk Committee to institute an independent investigation into all the allegations contained in the letter and to investigate the devolution of confidential third party information contrary to USAASA and legal processes. A precautionary measure has been taken to suspend two implicated members of staff during the investigation,” the Agency stated in its release.

A USAASA spokesperson is quoted as saying, “The Board is fully cognizant of the trust the sector has placed in the organisation and as a collective we chart a way to a constructive future where all access gaps are closed.”

Staff Writer