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outaTimeslive reports that the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) allegedly bought 20‚000 exam pads at R214 each, 30‚000 lanyards at R166.50 each and 30‚000 flash drives at R167 each.  

These are some of the purchases the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) claimed on Thursday to have uncovered in “damning evidence” they received that allegedly showed “gross wasteful and irregular expenditure” at the Services Seta.  Outa’s Dominique Msibi commented:  “A quick online search will reveal that basic flash drives can be bought for as little as R59 and lanyards for as little as R3.”  Outa added that the invoices for the exam pads‚ lanyards and flash drives, totaling R28.9m, were all paid to the same supplier, which does not have a VAT number which did not charge VAT.  The necessary tender procedures had apparently also not been followed.  Outa will report the information to the auditor-general of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

  • Read this report by Nico Gous in full at Timeslive

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