Official spends R17 000 a month on 'entertainment'

2014-07-02 19:27


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Johannesburg - A State Security Agency (SSA) official spent over R17 000 on "entertainment" in less than a month, it was revealed on Wednesday.

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

"According to the reply, a state security official... has been using a Diners Club Card for foreign intelligence services liaison 'entertainment'," DA spokesperson Dion George said in a statement.

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 1 December 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 Treasury’s cost-cutting measures introduced by Gordhan.

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