Cup tickets splurge to be probed

PARLIAMENT'S Standing Committee on Public Accounts has asked the auditor-general to probe the government's spending spree on World Cup tickets.

PARLIAMENT'S Standing Committee on Public Accounts has asked the auditor-general to probe the government's spending spree on World Cup tickets.

It is estimated that government departments and institutions have spent more than R130million on tickets.

This is despite a warning by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that such expenditure could be regarded as irregular.

Yesterday, Scopa chairperson Themba Godi confirmed that he had written a letter to Auditor-General Terence Nombembe.

Godi said any World Cup ticket purchases must be reported specifically in the departments' annual reports, and not hidden away as part of other monies spent by the departments.

He told Sowetan that it was "given that the auditor-general will action Scopa's request".

On Wednesday Gordhan's office announced that he would be meeting with Godi and Nombembe to discuss the spending spree.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union has also called for "tough action" against heads of government departments and parastatals who spent millions of rand on tickets. - Anna Majavu

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