Eastern Cape MEC must pay back the money


Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has ordered Eastern Cape MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Pemmy Majodina, to back a portion of the R18 000 she received during to trip to New York in 2012.

In tabling her findings yesterday, Madonsela said that Majondina had demanded she be paid R15 000 to cover her subsistence and travel benefits for the trip while she was still MEC for Social Development.

She also stated that the department had prepared a daily allowance of R3 711.25 which, when added to the amount demanded, brought the total costs to R18 721, when the correct amount Majodina was entitled to, came to R10 603.58.

“MEC Majondina maintained until her last communication to me in November 2014 that she did not submit receipts because she understood the money she got to be S&T and that she has not paid back the unaccounted for R15 000 because she believes she was entitled to it as S&T and it was not an advance requiring justification through receipts,” Madonsela wrote in a 16-page document, titled Permitted Benefits, adding that Majondina denied the advance and maintained she did nothing wrong.

Madonsela said she also found Majodina’s refusal of claims “discomforting” and that “she failed to show good faith as required of her by the Executive Ethics Code”.

“Her stance potentially sets a bad example for officials that may take or receive staff benefits exceeding what is permitted. The conduct is not only unethical but unlawful and unconstitutional”.


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