National News

Ministry denies ticket binge

2010-06-04 18:15

Cape Town – The ministry of public service and administration on Friday denied spending R65 000 on tickets for the World Cup.

"News reports over the past two days have indicated that the department of public service and administration (DPSA) has purchased 2010 Soccer World Cup tickets to the tune of R65 000," a statement from the ministry said.

"The DPSA hereby puts it on record that the department has not and will not use public funds for the purchase of these items."

The statement said Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) regulations did not provide for "such expenses" and that the purchase of the tickets would not assist the ministry in responding to its mandate.

"The tickets in question have been purchased by Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) which is one of the portfolio agencies which report to the minister for public service and administration."

"It is however crucial to note that Gems does not receive any funding from Parliament, is not regulated by the PFMA and is managed as a private entity."

"It is in this regard that the DPSA hereby dismisses reports on the use of public funds to purchase these tickets."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Updated: Hottest SWC WAGs

Updated: Hottest SWC 2010 WAGs

Vote

World Cup 2010 is over and the country is returning to normal - but have you moved on yet?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.