South African government to investigate state World Cup ticket purchases

July 8, 2010

The South African government will look into why public-owned companies spent over US$14 million on tickets for this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, had asked government ministers before the tournament not to overspend on the purchasing of tickets as he looks to try and control costs.

A statement from the finance ministry said:” While there may be legitimate reasons for buying tickets to advance the business case of public enterprises and government departments, concern has been raised as to what action may be taken should the auditor-general deem this expenditure wasteful or fruitless.

“The minister reiterates his call for civil servants to live up to their moral contract with citizens and for restraint and discernment to be exercised in the use of public funds.”