Presidency racks up R6m legal bill, R45m in unauthorised costs

2015-02-04 09:42

The presidency received R6 million in legal bills for the financial year of 2010-2011, against a budget of R1 million for that period.

At a meeting of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts yesterday, unauthorised expenditure of around R45 million at the presidency was also discussed, Beeld reported this morning.

Around R17 million of that was incurred in the 2008 to 2009 financial period.

Two national order ceremonies reportedly led to further overspending.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mkhuleko Hlengwe wanted an explanation and better oversight for the presidency, which does not have a portfolio committee monitoring it.

The African National Congress said it was not Scopa’s job to monitor the presidency.

Themba Godi, African People’s Convention MP and Scopa chairman said the presidency was apparently a respondent in the cases, and they were not necessarily against the president as an individual.

The presidency did not incur unauthorised expenditure after the 2010-2011 period.

Most of the other costs related to unexpected travel not budgeted for.

The department of home affairs incurred unauthorised expenditure of about R1 billion over three financial years;

The former department of women, children and people with disabilities, incurred unauthorised expenditure of R3.279 million in the 2010-2011 financial year. Compulsory overseas travel for the minister and other payments not budgeted for were blamed.

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