By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Sport, Arts and Culture:
The Democratic Alliance has written to the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) in the Northern Cape Provincial Alexander Beukes to urgently probe irregular payments.
This follows allegations that the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) made payments worth over R1 million to the non-profit organisation Specialist Agents for Youth in the 2014/2015 financial without following tender procedures.
Scopa must urgently probe how these funds were transferred to this organisation without following tender procedures and to ascertain if this was value for money.
In a recent meeting with DSAC it emerged that critical transfer payments to entities reporting to the department such as the Northern Cape Sports Council and the Northern Cape Arts and Culture Council have not been effected.
The department had failed to transfer payments to its entities mandated to perform core functions under its watch.
The Democratic Alliance believes DSAC must account on how they spend public funds guided by the PFMA and Treasury regulations.
With the limited financial resources at its disposal, DSAC must exercise great caution on its expenditure and account for every cent spent.
The department must now come clean and account how these payments were done without following the necessary tender procedures.