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A-G reveals R167m wasteful expenditure

By Denise Williams | Nov 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 23 ]

THE auditor-general has revealed how provincial education departments wasted R167-million in the last financial year despite failing dismally to achieve their set targets.

According to a report released by the office of the auditor-general, Limpopo accounted for most of the overall R167-million in wasteful expenditure across all the departments with R95.9-million.

This was attributed to purchases that were not used and interest on late payments.

Eastern Cape recorded R54-million in wasteful expenditure, which accounted mainly for "employees' salaries" .

Meisie Nkau, business executive in the auditor-general's office, said it was worrying that of the total amount in wasteful expenditure, prior to the auditor-general's own scrutiny, the national Department of Basic Education had only disclosed R37-million of the R167-million.

She said irregular and wasteful expenditure showed flaws in the provincial and national departments' ability to adequately control finances.

Nkau said considering the provinces spent between 90% and 99% of their allocated budgets, much more in service delivery should have been expected from them.

Of the targets set, only Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal achieved over 80% of their targets. However, Limpopo only managed to achieve 10% of its planned goals and Eastern Cape achieved 35%.

Because Free State received a disclaimer from the auditor-general, its statements could not be verified for accuracy, said Nkau.

Unauthorised expenditure amounted to R1.4-billion, with KwaZulu-Natal accounting for R954-million, Eastern Cape for R297-million and Limpopo forR175-million.

Alongside the millions spent on compensation for employees, unfair and uncompetitive procurement processes were also red-flagged.

For supply chain management-related irregular expenditure, Eastern Cape topped the chart with R779-million, followed by Northern Cape with R380-million.

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Mmm... Why wasnt the WCape mentioned?

Nov 14, 2012 7:34 | 0 replies

@antie
Can anyone please explain the new meaning of "wasteful" and "irregular"? In the olden days it meant that someone did not do their job, so someone is going to lose their job. Now it seems to mean that because the money was not actually stolen, no one is accountable.
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The meaning did not change but the ethics and moral fibre of those in charge of the country has changed!!!

Nov 14, 2012 8:18 | 0 replies

TLekota: "Western Cape is an island. The money paid to contractors to demolish churches is wasteful and fruitless expenditure." OK, now that is one dof and uninformed statement. At least the island works for the bulk of it's residents, and the leadership aren't busily killing each other off in droves.

Nov 14, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

Wasteful expenditure on everything except what actually counts, like getting books to schools and teachers in classrooms. So what was it spent on?

Nov 14, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

We used to it and no one will be arrested

Nov 14, 2012 10:47 | 0 replies

ancnduntsu
What's the point of making findings every financial year if no one will be shown the door.
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My point exactly. Reports like these become monotonous if no remedial action is done. Is anyone accountable? #SHOUTING#

Nov 14, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

Hehehehheh what a joke please tellme something really out of the ordinary really now

Nov 14, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies

And why does not the report contain recommendations? I opine that it obviously has to recommend the sacking of the officials for wasteful expenditure and incompetence. This is a horrible joke. South Africa is indeed now a laughing stock in the world.

Nov 14, 2012 11:43 | 0 replies

Nxa...who needs education, it is a colonial plot to ensure people have jobs, food, houses and a better life! Therefore it is counter-revolutionary and un-African...people must remain illiterate, poor and desperate so that the real revolutionary leaders can continue to drink champagne, build bigger and better houses, drive luxury German cars and fly anywhere on tax sponsored private jets...viva Economic Freedom viva, down with imperialist education...bloody agents!

Nov 14, 2012 12:52 | 0 replies

What is new........ you would swear the the million they spent are just 5c coins

Nov 14, 2012 2:33 | 0 replies

Limpopoo, now you have Mathale pretending to be doing well and people from Limpopo coming here and claiming education. Shame man.

Nov 14, 2012 8:17 | 0 replies