KZN’s R2,7?bln in irregular expenditure

2013-04-15 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal government recorded a whopping R2,7 billion in irregular expenditure in the 2011-12 financial year, according to auditor-general Terence Nombembe.

“There has been steady increase in irregular spending from 2009-10, which does not bode well for the province and preventative measures will have to be instituted for the province to improve in the future,” he said.

The report showed that the irregular expenditure was made up of R2,585 million in funds relating to tenders, R57 million in compensation of employees and R63 million on other compliance matters.

There was irregular expenditure of R1,4 billion in 2010-11 in the province.

Nombembe also said R1,2 billion in unauthorised expenditure was incurred in the 2011-12 financial year. The amount increased from R265 million in 2010-11.

“The bulk of unauthorised expenditure resulted from overspending, with the main contributor being the Department of Education with R954 million,” he said in his report.

Nombembe said the KZN government also spent R93 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, up from R12 million that was recorded in 2010-11.

He also said his office had found that contracts valued at R100,7 million could not be verified during the audit process because of lack of documentation.

In his report, Nombembe said a total of 507 contracts totalling R2,1 billion and quotations worth R200 million were tested in 15 departments and 13 public entities. He said tenders worth R61,4 million were awarded to officials in the employ of the provincial government.

He also said a total of R7million was awarded to relatives of provincial government employees, 279 suppliers did not declare their interests and 530 officials did remunerative work totalling R152 million without approval.

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