Over Five Billion Rand Irregularly Spent by Gauteng Departments

Adam Wakefield, News24

Johannesburg - More than R5bn in public money has been irregularly spent by certain Gauteng government departments and agencies in the 2014/15 financial year.

In figures released by Premier David Makhura and finance MEC Barbara Creecy on Tuesday during a media briefing at the provincial legislature in Johannesburg, a total of R5.758bn was irregularly spent primarily by the Gauteng education, roads and transport and human settlement departments.

This was more than the R3.751bn irregularly spent in the 2013/14 financial year and R4.688bn irregularly spent in the 2012/13 financial year. The irregular expenditure mostly relates to non-compliance with supply-chain management rules and regulations.

In terms of fruitless and wasteful expenditure, a total of R415.6m was wasted in the 2014/15 financial year primarily by the health and roads and transport departments. In the 2013/14 financial year R166.4m was wasted and in the 2012/13 financial year R182.9m was wasted.

Among government departments, the provincial health department once again failed to receive a clean audit from the auditor-general's office.

Makhura said the health department received a qualified audit primarily due to patient fees not being properly accounted for.

"We continue to work closely with the department of health to ensure that revenue generated by health facilities, including patient fees, is properly accounted for in accordance with approved regulations," Makhura said.

"These are the weaknesses that resulted in the department getting a qualified audit opinion during this audit cycle."

The auditor-general's report was for the 2014/15 financial year. The provincial health department also failed to receive clean audits in the 2013/14 and 2012/13 financial years.

Makura said all problems in the audit outcomes of the health department have been cleared except for fees, which is an area that needs attention.

"We are convinced that this department will join the ranks of unqualified and clean audits in the next financial year."

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