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The patience of members of the Eastern Cape legislature was sorely tried when they found they had three different versions of a yearly report to work with.
This was highlighted at a joint sitting of the legislature's housing and local government committees last Friday, which top housing, local government and traditional affairs officials did not attend.
Public Service Accountability Monitor's researcher Chantelle de Nobrega said: "The committee expressed its impatience with the department's inability to explain why documents were being passed off as the 2005-06 annual report."
Department spokesman Mbulelo Linda confirmed that three versions of the report were compiled between August and September.
"This was rejected because, according to law, we can't submit the same report again," said Linda.
The department has received nine audit disclaimers in the past decade. These are issued when records are unavailable or of poor quality and spending cannot be confirmed.
"This effectively means the department has been unable to adequately account for R4,17billion since 2002-03," De Nobrega said. - Sapa