SA police minister must tackle ‘flagrant misuse of public funds’

Gurjit Degun
8 July 2014

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9 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun

The South African police minister needs to address the “flagrant misuse of public funds” of more than R150 million (£8.1 million) by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is to write a letter to the chairman of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Francois Beukman, to summon Nkosinathi Nhleko to explain what he is going to do to "curb the misuse of funds".

According to the DA, a response to its parliamentary question about police expenditure revealed that R153.3 million (£8.4 million) has been noted as irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure between 2009 to 2014.

The DA said: “The reply also revealed that R45.2 million (£2.5 million) of public money was spent irregularly on “accommodation and meals” in one year alone. Furthermore, R872,572 (£47,699) was wastefully spent on incorrect payments and R259,563 (£14,189) on dormant fuel cards.”

The party said this reflects the “complete disregard that the department of police has repeatedly displayed for responsible use of public funds”.

It added: “It is unclear what more evidence President Jacob Zuma needs before he demands a comprehensive turnaround strategy for the [SAPS]. In the absence of this leadership, the portfolio committee must take the lead and ensure that the new minister does not allow this to happen again.”

The SAPS was asked to comment on this story by SM but had failed to do so.

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