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Parliament, Friday 21 April 2017 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) welcomes the decision by the Department of Basic Education to recover more than R1.5m from volunteers who claimed payments of stipends illegally from the Kha Ri Gude mass literacy programme.

After Scopa’s hearing with the Department of Basic Education in November 2016, the Committee has instructed the Hawks to look into this case. The Committee is delighted to see that the Asset and Forfeiture Unit is on the case to recoup the money as per the instruction from Scopa. The Committee is also encouraged by the commitment shown by the Hawks and the Department of Basic Education in dealing with this case.

This case also highlights the importance of parliamentary oversight particularly in dealing with matters involving the public purse. Scopa is looking forward to hearing more cases of this nature, where government and state entities’ employees who misuse public money are held accountable for their actions.

Scopa is resolved and committed to fighting against irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure of public money and the Committee is going to pursue relentlessly all those who misuse the public purse. 

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF SCOPA, MR THEMBA GODI 

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