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Third Party Funds in the spotlight

Parliament's Justice Portfolio Committee welcomed progress regarding direct maintenance payments.

EWN generic

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Justice Portfolio Committee welcomed the progress being made regarding direct payment of maintenance to beneficiaries.

On Thursday, the Justice Department briefed the committee on the management of third party funds.

Third party funds are monies, such as bail, maintenance and fines collected by the department.

Democratic Alliance MP Debbie Shafer said the direct payment of maintenance to beneficiaries is a welcome development in the justice department.

She remains concerned about a lack of financial controls of third party funds.

MPs were shocked to hear that R63 million was unaccounted for.

Shafer said it was the first time the committee was given a picture of the state of third party funds.

"I think they are getting there, but the way things are looking at this moment, it doesn't appear that this year is going to be an unqualified audit which is regrettable."

Some believe the Justice Department needs a full time dedicated team to oversee third party funds.