Government official racks up R125,000 data roaming porn bill: report

A Limpopo legislature official racked up a R125,000 data roaming charge on his official Vodacom cellphone while travelling overseas, with a large chunk of the data used to watch porn.

According to the City Press newspaper, the massive roaming bill was settled by the legislature – a move which is now being investigated by the Public Protector.

This is not the first time watching porn while roaming internationally has landed someone it hot water.

In 2013 the Sunday Times reported that the former Competition Commission head racked up a mobile data bill of R123,000 on a government-issued SIM card while overseas, mainly through visiting pornographic websites.

The Sunday Times reported the Department of Economic Development said the official resigned in the wake of a pornography scandal, but he disputed this.

The Sunday Times referred to a forensic report by Paul O’Sullivan and Associates which detailed how the official regularly visited pornographic sites on his phone.

His data bill in one of these months – while using the government-issued SIM card overseas – came to a total of R123,000.

The full report is available in the City Press of 29 March 2015.

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