Auditor-General (AG) Terence Nombembe yesterday highlighted serious financial and administrative shortcomings by the special trust set up to handle the finances of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.
In his report tabled in parliament, Nombembe foundgoods and services amounting to about R32million were mostly delivered in Mali.
Although invoices substantiating the expenditure were provided by the trust, the AG could not conclude whether the goods and services paid for were in all instances actually received and that value for money was received, his spokesman Africa Boso said.
In terms of the Deed of Trust, the trustees were required to approve invoices.
Invoices and electronic fund transfer documents for payment to suppliers totalling more than R6million had not been approved.
In all instances there was no documentary evidence that more than one quotation or tender was obtained.
"Furthermore, quotations were accepted and approved by the minister of sport and recreation and not the trustees."
The 23rd Africa Cup of Nations was held during January and February 2002.
The now-defunct trust was appointed after a visit to Mali by President Thabo Mbeki, who pledged support to the Mali government for the tournament.
The support was provided jointly by the departments of sport and recreation, of foreign affairs and of transport.
The sport and recreation department was tasked with coordinating and facilitating the support .
Trustees, consisting of individuals representing donors in the private and public sectors, were appointed to manage the project.
Funding came from private sources as well as the South African government.
State funding flowed from the treasury to the trust on application by the minister of sport and recreation to the minister of foreign affairs. - Sapa