We expect perfection from public protector - ANC MPs

2015-10-16 14:23
Kevin Malunga. (Muntu Vilakazi, City Press)

Kevin Malunga. (Muntu Vilakazi, City Press)

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Cape Town - We expect perfection from the office of the public protector, African National Congress members of Parliament said on Friday.

Deputy public protector, Advocate Kevin Malunga, was presenting the entity's annual report to the Justice and Correctional Services committee in Parliament, when MPs questioned the Auditor General’s findings.

The public protector was found to have a recurring deficit of R18m as well as administrative issues including non-payment of creditors in the 30-day period.

When Malunga and the public protector’s chief financial officer Kennedy Kaposa told the committee they were on the verge of getting a clean audit, ANC MP Madipoane Mothapo said they expected more from them.

'You are a body of integrity'

"Being on the verge of a clean audit is like saying I nearly passed. I just needed 1%. No, we require a clean audit from you, you are a body of integrity. I personally become very much concerned when you don't achieve it and your non-compliance with legislation is worrying.

"We expect perfection from you. Because you must do what you expect other institutions to do."

ANC MP Charlotte Pilane-Majake said they appreciated the fact that the entity was working towards a clean audit, but they needed to put their finances in order.

"And what is most concerning is the accumulated deficit of R18m. Your current liabilities exceed your assets by R10m. It is not a good situation. You have to go look at it, try to correct it so you can put your finances in order."

Pilane-Majake told the entity to stop spending money that was not available.

Both Kaposa and Malunga assured the committee they understood they had a responsibility to get a clean audit and detailed some of the plans they had to achieve it.

Kaposa explained that even with the deficit, the public protector had a positive balance of R5m during the year under review, and said they were not broke.

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