AG must go to Parly over concerns – DA

2012-05-09 13:03

The Democratic Alliance (DA) plans to ask the Standing Committee on

Public Accounts (Scopa) to call Auditor General Terence Nombembe to Parliament

to discuss his concerns about financial management in the public sector.


“If the government is not taking the AG’s office seriously, Scopa

certainly must,” DA MP Dion George said in a statement today.


“I will be requesting the Scopa chairperson... to call the AG to

the committee to discuss both his concerns and the way in which he feels public

finance management and accountability can be improved.”


Speaking in Pretoria on Thursday, Nombembe raised the alarm over

what he called a weakening of the pillars of governance protecting South

Africa’s democracy.


Describing his office as vulnerable, he said there was a growing

lack of government support for his warning about this deterioration.


Nombembe said management supply chains, service delivery, security

of government information and accuracy of government reports were

deteriorating.


“Things are serious, and they are even more serious than we thought

they are,” Business Day quoted him saying.


“They are more serious because the people that are employed by

government to do work are least prepared and equipped to do it. The situation is

dire.”

He said his office would soon release the audit results for local

municipalities, and he expressed his dismay at them.

The people voted into power were slow in taking responsibility for

what they had been voted in for, Business Day reported.


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