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Rather spend on houses - DA

2010-07-04 17:25

Johannesburg - More than R110m of public funds has been spent on soccer World Cup tickets by the government and state-owned enterprises, the Democratic Alliance claimed on Sunday.

National government departments, parastatals and ANC-run municipalities had spent another R17.3m on "unnecessary luxuries" like cars, artwork and VIP facilities, DA spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko charged in a statement.

"Adding the two brings the total to R127.3m, enough to build 2 357 breaking new ground houses or employ an additional 987 new teachers for a year," she said.

The South African Airways had spent the most so far on tickets, at R23m, the department of trade and industry spent R16.7m, and Mangaung Municipality, in the Free State, spent R15m, the DA said.

PetroSA and Eskom spent about R12m each, according to Mazibuko.

Big spenders

The SABC bought tickets to the value of R3.3m and the communications department R5.2m.

The City of Johannesburg, Tshwane Municipality, the Gauteng and Free State provincial governments, and the Mpumalanga department of sport were among the big spenders.

This, in defiance of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's warnings of the legal ramifications of wasteful and potentially irregular expenditure of state funds on World Cup tickets, she said.

"This wanton spending is a direct flouting of Gordhan's directive that municipalities refrain from spending public money on World Cup tickets, and his recommendation that provincial and national government departments follow suit."