Furious DA decries R2m parliamentary 'Eurotrip'

2016-04-24 13:52

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Cape Town  The Democratic Alliance has lashed out at parliamentary officials who undertook a R2 million “benchmarking exercise”, touring several countries in Europe.

DA chief whip, John Steenhuisen, accused secretary of parliament Gengezi Mgidlana and other senior officials of a “disgusting appropriation of public funds”.

“Mgidlana and his office must account for it. I will request that the newly-established joint standing committee on financial management of Parliament summon Mr Mgidlana and have him provide a full report on his office’s Eurotrip,” he said.

The City Press reported that Mgidlana and his delegation spent R177 350 on just three nights of accommodation in London, R65 000 on car rental across England and Scotland. The paper also suggested procurement procedures were also violated in the processes.

“Mgidlana has proven himself to be more interested in widening his waistline and pockets, than ensuring that Parliament responsibly executes its mandate,” Steenhuisen said. 

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