Youth agency chief ‘can be held liable’

2011-10-15 15:41

The chief executive of the National Youth Development Agency, Steven Ngubeni, can be held liable and forced to repay amounts that were spent irregularly during last year’s ­so-called “kissing festival”.

This is according to Andre Prakke, an expert forensic auditor, who studied the documents that Media24 Investigations obtained relating to the World Festival of Youth and Students in December. An investigation into the matter reveals that the agency blew R106 million.

Last week Media24 Investigations revealed how the agency made exorbitant payments to politically-connected business people and artists.

Some of the shocking expenses included R100 000 for ­balloons, R90 000 for a headstone and R60 000 for confetti. These figures were contained in documents Media24 Investigations obtained after a 10-month legal battle applying the access to information legislation.

This week Prakke discovered that the agency had not ­followed guidelines specified by the Public Finance ­Management Act.

The festival was funded through a R40-million grant from the National Lotteries Board and R29 million from the Presidency, among others.

Said Prakke: “This is part or is a government agency and has to comply with the provisions of the act... It is also clear that ­virtually all the funding came from government and the ­Lotto, which is deemed to be part of government funds.”

He added that he found there were some suppliers who were contracted and paid without proper procedure and also without the required tender procedure followed in particular for supplies above R50 000.

“Very few of the suppliers had submitted any tax clearance certificates which is obligatory. There was one supplier who submitted a tax clearance certificate who was not a supplier and some invoices were not accompanied by purchase orders.

“One supplier was also not a registered business entity as provided on the particulars of the invoice...,” Prakke said.

He also discovered from the documents that private expenses were paid for by the agency, which was against the act.

Ngubeni, a former deputy secretary-general of the ANC Youth League, conceded in an interview last week that proper procedures had not been followed in all cases, but defended the agency’s conduct in spending the R106 million.

The “kissing festival” is also the subject of an investigation by Public Protector Thuli ­Madonsela.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.