Allegations that the Director of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Professor Mahomed Jahed, instructed staff of the PBO to help Members of Parliament, including Minister Des van Rooyen, with private academic assignments are without any basis or foundation and they have never been raised in Parliament.
Business Day today reported that two officials of the PBO did academic work for Members including Minister van Rooyen, when he was still in Parliament. The allegations, reportedly, stem from an unhappy ex-employee.
Parliament wishes to state categorically that it is not in the scope and responsibilities of any official to assist, in their official capacity, anyone including politicians in their private work.
Parliament’s policy provides for grievance procedure which allows employees to raise complaints against their superiors across all levels. No complaints were raised with the Secretary to Parliament or the Presiding Officers regarding the matter being alleged.
The PBO provides independent, objective, professional advice and analysis to Parliament on matters related to the budget and other money Bills. It supports the legislature, particularly the Committees on Finance and Appropriations, in their role of holding the Executive to account on public finances while enhancing the broader fiscal and monetary oversight ability.
Within that role, the PBO provides support to capacitate Members only in areas relevant to the Members’ oversight activities in Parliament related to the budget and money Bills. The good work performed and achieved is well recorded in the annual and quarterly reports of Parliament.
Source: Parliament of South Africa.