The project to train investigators of the Office of the Public Protector of South Africa, which started in 2016 as a collaboration between the Konrad Adenaur Foundation, APLU and the Public Protector’s Office continued in 2018. During August, two week-long training workshops were held in East London for the Eastern Cape regional office and in Bloemfontein for the Free State and Northern Cape offices respectively. In additional to the national office in Pretoria, this brings the number of provinces in which training have been done to six. The training will be extended to one more province in 2018 and the remaining two in 2019.
The training continues to be very well received. Participants overwhelmingly indicated that the workshop extended their knowledge in the field of public procurement law and will assist them in investigating procurement-related matters in future. Some of the feedback comments from participants were:
- Very valuable indeed. Research materials informative and will go a long way in making investigations easier, swift and effective.
Professors are well informed; relevant; professional and well organised … They excel in the field of Public Procurement Law and have provided us with a very scarce, useful, relevant and effective skill to combat and prevent Procurement corruption so as to “unblock the pipe” and take our country forward in strengthening constitutional democracy as PPSA staff.