Intelligence official blows R17 000 of public funds on entertainment

2014-07-02 17:26

A State Security Agency official spent more than R17 000 on “entertainment” in less than a month.

In the intelligence department’s reply to a parliamentary question posed by the DA, it emerged today that a liaison officer at the agency used a state credit card to make purchases of R17 186.63 from May 8 to June 2 2014.

“According to the reply, a state security official ... has been using a Diners Club Card for foreign intelligence services liaison ‘entertainment’,” said DA spokesperson Dion George.

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his medium-term budget policy statement last year that no credit cards would be used by government departments from December 1 2013.

“When the instruction note was eventually issued, the department of finance back-pedalled on this promise, allowing government departments to use credit cards for travel and accommodation expenses, online transactions and petty cash. ‘Entertainment costs’ were excluded from this list,” said George.

The DA wanted an investigation into whether the expenditure violated the Treasury’s cost-cutting measures introduced by Gordhan.

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