Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla, claimed R50,146 for alcoholic beverages over a period of less than a year, the Sunday Independent reported.
The revelation comes despite calls from South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, to eliminate wasteful expenditure amid a tightening budget.
The Sunday Independent reported that from February 2015 to January this year, Makwetla claimed R225,199 for meals in entertainment allowances, including R50,146 for booze.
This meant that the deputy minister claimed R20,472 each month in entertainment allowances.
The Department of Correctional Services defended the deputy minister’s claims.
“(The) deputy minister is a member of the executive and he does have meetings with external stakeholders and also with other community members, etc,” a spokesperson said.
In delivering his budget speech for 2016, Gordhan proposed that the government’s expenditure ceiling be cut over the next three years by R25 billion, ‘mainly by curtailing personnel spending’.