Eastern Cape legislature get deadline

2013-05-31 08:57
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Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape legislature's accounting officers have been given a week to explain discrepancies between its budget and number of employees, the Dispatch Online reported on Friday.

The instruction was given by Bhisho's budget and oversight portfolio committee after a report by its research team found the legislature budgeted more than R14m for 38 employees who did not exist.

The total 2013/14 budget for the institution is R409.1m.

Committee chairperson and ANC MPL Viola Mtongana gave the legislature’s top political and administrative bosses, speaker Fikile Xasa and secretary Phumelele Ndamase, until next week to explain the discrepancies picked up in the 2013/14 annual performance plan (APP).

According to the report, the 38 "ghost workers" could not be accounted for, but were listed as contracted employees in the approved APP.

The report lists instances where posts had been classified as filled in the APP, while they were actually vacant and vice-versa.

Legislature spokesperson Bulelwa Ganyaza said the document had been withdrawn and updated information would be submitted at the next meeting of the committee.
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