North West Speaker must account for R167 million irregular expenditure
22 May 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the recent Audit Outcome on the North West Provincial Legislature (NWPL) during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) that took place on 9 May 2018.
According to the Auditor-General's report, the Speaker's Office of the North West Legislature had incurred a staggering amount of R102 million in irregular expenditure for the last financial year and more than R105 million for the previous years.
The Department's response to this was that R40 million had gone towards salaries while the remaining R167 million has been investigated.
However, the truth is that the committee that was tasked to investigate the R167 million was supposed to submit its report in December last year already. This did not happen and apparently the report has been submitted to the Speaker for ratification. The DA will ask questions on the status of the report, and whether any action has been taken. We will demand the Speaker to table the report and allow members to debate it.