Gauteng Government Causes Ruckus After Making Payment in Dollars and Not Rands

Gauteng Government Causes Ruckus After Making Payment in Dollars and Not Rands

  • The provincial government on Gauteng has lost over R6 million after an erroneous payment made by an official
  • The opposition party (DA) has called for action to be taken against the official who allegedly made the erroneous transaction
  • Adriana Randall, DA shadow finance and e-government MEC stated that the Gauteng department in the province shockingly paid around $20 million

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The government in Gauteng has lost over R6 million after an official mistakenly processed a payment in dollars instead of in rands. The Democratic Alliance has now made calls for stern action to be taken against the official who made the transaction.

Shadow finance and e-government DA shadow MEC Adriana Randall stated that the department in the province surprisingly paid a whopping $20 million to Microsoft Ireland instead of the R20 million which it was owed.

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MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko reportedly responded to questions delivered in the legislature and Randall stated that she received the information from Nkomo-Ralehoko.

Gauteng, R6m, after transferring in dollars and not rands
The government in Gauteng has lost around R6 million after a messed up transaction. Image: @NkomoNomantu
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TimesLIVE stated that they had seen Nkomo-Ralehoko's response and that the department prepared money for the Microsoft payment fees which amounted to over R20 million. The department put the payment through to advise the treasury, cash book and banking services for processing.

The department processed $20 913 793.81 (R318 307 941.79) which was debited from the e-gov bank account. A report by SowetanLIVE reported that the MEC said that the Gauteng treasury has started a probe.

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Thabang Makwetla has denied that there was Bosasa security upgrades pf R300 000 at his home

Earlier, Briefly News reported as he concluded his testimony at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry on Monday, former deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla vehemently denied that the security upgrades installed by Bosasa at his home were worth R300 000.

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Makwetla stated that Bosasa had billed him R90 000, however, he only paid R25 000 because that's how much the Department of Public Works said the upgrades were worth, according to EWN.

Former Bosasa contractor Richard Lee Roux implicated Makwetla when he testified that he was given special projects to install security upgrades at the homes of various ministers and government officials by Bosasa directors, according to News24.

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