MEC Maile blows R1.6 million on Olympic Games splurge

Solly Nkhi MPL

Spokesperson on Sport and Recreation

Sports and Recreation MEC Lebogang Maile and his entourage spent R1.6 million on their recent trip to the 2012 London Olympic Games. This amounts to almost R230 000 per person for the excursion.

The Gauteng public forked out R850 000 for accommodation, R400 000 for travel, and R70 200 for food and drinks for the trip. The information was revealed in reply to my written question posed in the Gauteng Legislature.

The costly trip is an indictment against a department which, according to its latest report, only met 79 or 31% of its total planned targets for the year.

The department readily splashes out on a trip to London, but fails to spend its funds in key areas such as library and information services and cultural affairs.

The Auditor-General also noted with concern that the department does not pay its suppliers on time and no effective steps were taken to prevent unauthorised expenditure.

The MEC must explain why he felt it necessary to skip the country and spend lavishly on the international sporting event, while his own department cannot spend the required money on libraries, cultural affairs programmes or pay its suppliers on time.

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