House is run­ning out of funds – DA

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

A ROW has erupted over Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee over­sight vis­its amid claims that MPs’ trips were be­ing can­celled be­cause the na­tional leg­is­la­ture was run­ning out of money.

This emerged when the DA slammed Par­lia­ment for can­celling over­sight vis­its that were in­tended for some port­fo­lio com­mit­tees.

DA chief whip John Steen­huisen said yesterday it was alarm­ing that the over­sight vis­its were can­celled for fi­nan­cial rea­sons, while Par­lia­ment’s sec­re­tary Gengezi Mgid­lana con­tin­ued to un­der­take “ex­trav­a­gant” over­seas trips.

Steen­huisen said he would be writ­ing to House chair­per­son of com­mit­tees Cedric Frolick to find out why sev­eral sched­uled over­sight vis­its had been can­celled.

“The ex­pla­na­tion pro­vided seems to suggest that Par­lia­ment doesn’t have the money to carry out over­sight,” Steen­huisen said.

He claimed that mem­bers of the higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing com­mit­tee were in­formed that their over­sight visit to uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in KwaZu­luNatal had been can­celled as there “were in­suf­fi­cient funds in the con­sol­i­dated bud­get of the com­mit­tees”.

He also said an in­tended study tour for the de­fence and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans port­fo­lio com­mit­tee had been post­poned “on ad­vice from the House chair­per­son of com­mit­tees” and would be “resched­uled for the next fi­nan­cial year”.

But Frolick dis­missed Steen­huisen’s claims, say­ing he was “mis­in­formed”. He said some trips had been can­celled for var­i­ous rea­sons.

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