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State Security Credit Card Bill of R17 186.63 in Just One Month

July 2, 2014

A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that the Department of State Security has already racked up R17186.63 in credit card expenditure between 8 May 2014 and 4 June 2014.

According to the reply, a State Security official, LN Dova, has been using a Diners Club Card for Foreign Intelligence Services Liaison "entertainment".

The former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, announced during his Medium Term Budget Review last year that no further credit cards would be used by government departments, effective 1 December 2013.

When the instruction note was eventually issued, the Department of Finance backpedalled 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.

The DA will request that the Department launch an urgent investigation as to whether this is in violation of Treasury's cost-cutting measures introduced by the former Minister, and take appropriate action against the Minister and the Department if they are found guilty.

The DA will also be submitting further parliamentary questions to ascertain all details relating to the department's credit card usage over the last term.

It is critical that this investigation happens as soon as possible. A clear message must be sent to South Africans that government will walk the talk in cutting wasteful expenditure. This is money that could be better spent on improving the quality of service delivery.

The DA will continue to closely monitor government expenditure so that we can be absolutely certain that every single cent is spent to the benefit of all our people.

Dion George, Shadow Minister of Finance

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Source: AllAfrica

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