R9m lost in wasteful expenditure in Gauteng

2014-10-08 12:44

Nearly R9 million has been lost due to financial misconduct in Gauteng during the 2013-2014 financial year, the Public Service Commission has said.

“In the 2013-2014 financial year there were 93 cases reported that involved the amount of R8 834 862,” commissioner Michael Seloane said today.

“Over the past five years, 561 finalised financial misconduct cases were reported. They involved a total amount of R71 415 762.”

He said the money was not recovered. Departments failed to pursue employees found guilty and there were no processes to recover the money.

“In 2009-2010, 92% was recovered, but in 2010-2011 99.98% of the funds were not recovered. People get paid while they are at home playing golf,” he said.

In 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, less than 1% was recovered. In 2013-2014 only 4% was recovered.

He said the PSC had made submissions that money lost due to financial mismanagement should be recovered in full, but the Gauteng government had failed to do so.

“However, the Gauteng province has never achieved a 100% compliance rate. Therefore the PSC is recommending that the portfolio committees should closely monitor the status of compliance with the financial disclosure framework,” Seloane said.

He called on departments to make concerted efforts to recover lost money.

Mention should be made in the letter of sanction to the employee concerned that the money would be recovered from his or her salary.

“Therefore, portfolio committees should closely monitor the recovery of money lost due to financial misconduct,” he said.

Seloane said the PSC had recommended that departments develop policies on managing precautionary suspensions.

The PSC called for mechanisms to ensure the speedy resolution of misconduct cases to prevent wasteful expenditure, he said.

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