MEC admits to misusing funds

2013-02-20 11:59

North West Social Development MEC Mosetsanagape Mokomele-Mothibi admitted using R174 000 of taxpayers’ money to attend last year’s ANC elective conference in Mangaung, Free State.

Mokomele-Mothibi admitted in a statement from the provincial legislature that she used the money to pay for her friend and officials to go to the conference and undertook to pay the money within a week, Business Day newspaper reported today.

She and senior managers from her department appeared before the standing committee on provincial accounts yesterday, after it was claimed she attended the conference using taxpayers’ money.

A friend used a room meant for the department’s chief financial officer, who was unable to attend due to illness.

Committee chairperson Hlomane Chauke said the MEC’s admission had been welcomed, but the committee would reconvene to make further recommendations to the legislature.

Chris Hattingh, Democratic Alliance leader in North West, said the case should be referred to the police’s commercial crimes branch.

Hattingh said his party would continue to demand full disclosure of all provincial government spending at the ANC conference, as Mokomele-Mothibi’s matter was unlikely to be an isolated incident.

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