‘Costs could’ve been saved by bet­ter plan­ning’

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma’s of­fice has come un­der fire from the stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts (Scopa) for fail­ing to plan prop­erly, which led to the Pres­i­dency rack­ing up a bill of R28 mil­lion in unau­tho­rised ex­pen­di­ture for Zuma’s trips and salaries for ex­tra staff.

Deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral in the Pres­i­dency Bu­sani Ng­caweni said the unau­tho­rised ex­pen­di­ture for 2010/11 had been due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances.

It in­cluded trips Zuma un­der­took to me­di­ate in Libya and Cen­tral African Repub­lic and at­tend­ing the Brics sum­mits. Zuma had also cre­ated an ad­di­tional Min­istry of Plan­ning in the Pres­i­dency, which needed staff.

A to­tal of R20m was spent on goods and ser­vices, and th­ese in­cluded for­eign and lo­cal trips by Zuma, as well as law­suits against him. His of­fice paid R8.1m in salaries for his ex­panded of­fice.

DA MP Alf Lees said the ex­pla­na­tion was un­sound and the is­sues had been fudged.

He said that dur­ing the tran­si­tion from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion to the new one in 2009, there could have been bud­get ad­just­ments for ex­tra costs.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, of the IFP, said his party wanted a break­down of the costs, adding “I see no rea­son why for­ward plan­ning could not be taken into ac­count.”

Shaik Emam of the Na­tional Free­dom Party also ques­tioned the lack of plan­ning by the Pres­i­dency.

Ng­caweni said they were op­er­at­ing in a com­plex en­vi­ron­ment that was dif­fi­cult to pre­dict at times.

QUES­TION­ABLE: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s of­fice spent more than its bud­get.

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