Scopa call to investigate Royal House spending

2008-06-26 00:00

THE provincial legislature’s finance watchdog committee, the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), has called for a forensic audit into fiscal management and administration at the Royal Household Department.

This is one of many resolutions contained in a report tabled by Scopa chairman Hawu Mbatha yesterday.

The investigation will cover the 2006/07 and the 2007/08 financial years, with specific reference to the auditor-general’s reports.

The department has made headlines in the recent past following evidence of extravagant spending.

Earlier this year, the provincial Treasury revealed that the department spent about R500 000 on clothing for the Zulu queens in just five months of 2007.

The department also paid R335 490 to Professor Otty Nxumalo for research and speechwriting in May and June 2007.

The proposed audit will, among other things, focus on the lack of supporting documentation and the lack of proper supply management procedures.

The Scopa report also calls upon the Treasury to take any necessary disciplinary action against the accounting officer.

During the debate, MPLs from various political parties called for the sacking of Vusi Shongwe, the acting head of the department.

Inkatha Freedom Party’s Lindani Mncwango also blamed Premier S’bu Ndebele for the chaos experienced at the department.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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