R100k alleged porn bill: Top Limpopo govt official must pay back the money – PP

Johannesburg- The Public Protector found deputy speaker in the Limpopo legislature Lehlogonolo Masoga guilty of improper conduct and maladministration after running up a bill of over R100 000 on a work cellphone while on a US trip.

On Monday the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report, where she recommended that Masoga pay back part of the R125 000 bill that he racked up while on an official work trip to the US in 2014.

City Press previously reported that the deputy speaker racked up the bill by allegedly watching porn while onduring the overseas trip. The legislature then settled the huge bill.

When the allegations were exposed, Masoga and the legislature released a joint statement with, Masoga called the claims a “smear campaign anchored on a cheap, beer-talk conspiracy to rubbish Masoga’s name” on a “baseless” matter “not supported by facts”.

At the time he said in a statement,”I reject with contempt the malicious, libellous and defamatory allegations levelled against me by some not-so-faceless conspirators to injure my integrity for cheap political motives.”

The public protector found it was pausible that Masoga had incurred an “exorbitant or unreasonable” mobile telephone bill while on the US trip.

She also found that the deputy speaker violated the Constitution and that his conduct was improper as hoped in the Public Protector’s Act related to maladministration.

Mkhwebane executive summary of the report stated, “The amount spent by the deputy speaker was unreasonably high compared to other members of the legislature who travelled with him during the same trip to the USA.”

She said the allegation that an employee of the legislature was suspended after querying the telephone bill was not reasonable.

The public protector found that the employee was suspended for misconduct because she had violated the supply chain and treasury regulations which resulted in the legislature incurring irregular expenditure.

Mkhwebane recommendations were that the speaker of the legislature must review sections of policy that provide for the total allowance of combined telephone, mobile table and laptop data for members of the legislature on official trips.

She recommended that the legislature take appropriate action and recover a decent portion of the amount spent and that this should be done in 60 days after the report was released.

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