KZN Public Works ordered by A-G to ‘pull up its socks’

2015-02-04 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal auditor-general’s office yesterday ordered the Department of Public Works to go back to basics if it intends achieving a clean financial audit.

A senior manager from the office of the auditor-general in KZN cracked the whip yesterday, telling the public works portfolio committee the department needed “to pull up its socks if it wanted to play a better oversight role”.

Addressing the public works portfolio committee at the provincial legislature, Mthandeni Dash Langa said: “We are here because the department received a qualified audit in the 2013/14 auditor-general report. This is just a process of assessing key internal controls within the department to assist the department to get a better financial audit outcome,” said Langa.

“The department needs to go back to basics. This means daily and monthly reconciliations and monitoring. It also needs to ensure that everybody adheres to the set policies and procedures put in place,” said Langa.

He said the department has shown some improvement.

“We have seen that there are plans in place to address some of their previous shortcomings because at the end of the day, the department needs to achieve a clean audit which goes hand-in-hand with service delivery.”

Langa said the auditor-general will be monitoring the department very closely.

“We will be checking on you guys quarterly because we found issues of non-compliance in the last audit. We are here to empower you so that you can play your oversight role better,” said Langa.

KZN Legislature chairperson of the public works portfolio committee Mbali Frazer said: “Another concern we raised was the department’s functioning at district levels.

“Officials at district levels need to focus on compliance issues and we know that this is a work in progress.”

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