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Social Development blasted over R1.4-billion in unspent funds

By Charl Bosch - Oct 20, 2015
Social Development blasted over R1.4-billion in unspent funds

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken aim at the Department of Social Development for returning funds amounting to R1.4-billion back to National Treasury.

Speaking in a statement, party Deputy Shadow Minister of Social Development, Lindy Wilson, said further findings in the department’s annual report, shows that over R108-million was spend on travel, R96-milion of which on local and R12-million on foreign visits.

“The department’s core mandate is to tackle poverty and inequality, particularly amongst the most vulnerable who have been left to fend for themselves while the Minister trots the globe.

“This cannot be allowed to stand when those most vulnerable in society are being left behind by the Department’s inability to properly manage and spend their budgets,” Wilson said.

She stated that numerous letters seeking clarifications on the travels had been left unanswered by Minister Bathabile Dlamini, but that the findings had explained why.

“This underspending is shocking but the expenditure on travel is equally so. While domestic travel might be warranted, the foreign travel costs of R12 million rand is exorbitant and equates to R1 million per month,” Wilson said, adding that the party expects an answer from the Minister on the findings.