No official prosecuted despite R30bn being misspent

Paul Vecchiatto

AS auditor-general Terence Nombembe released a report disclosing misspending of more than R30- billion in public funds yesterday‚ it emerged that not one public servant had yet been prosecuted successfully for contravening the Public Finance Management Act.

The act governs how taxpayers’ funds are to be handled‚ but has not led to any prosecutions‚ Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said yesterday. “We have not been able to prosecute anybody for contravention of the act.”

According to the audit report‚ a total of R30.8-billion was wasted by public entities in unauthorised‚ irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

This is marginally down from the R33-billion recorded in the 2011-12 financial year‚ and Nombembe said he was encouraged by the improvement in some of the audit outcomes.

The auditor-general audits 450 public entities. A total of 91 entities had improved their results‚ while 61 had regressed.

However‚ only three national departments – the departments of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation‚ the Public Service Commission and Social Development – had received clean audits‚ out of a total of 35. – BDlive

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