Police's financial report not up to scratch - Auditor General

2016-10-11 21:12


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Rape statistics do not reflect true SA problem - expert

2014-09-19 17:25

According to the newly-released crime statistics, for the 2013/2014 period, 62 649 cases of sexual assault were reported. Watch to find out why these reported statistics are not a true reflection of instances of sexual assault in South Africa.WATCH

Cape Town - The South African Police Service's financial report for the last financial year was not up to scratch compared to previous years, the Auditor General of SA said on Tuesday

The AGSA presented to Parliament's portfolio committee on police on the SAPS 2015/16 annual report, and said there were a number of weaknesses found during its audit.

A representative from the auditor general said that four key problems were identified within the police during their unqualified audit.

Those included: instability and the volume of vacancies in leadership positions; inadequate implementation of action plans; inability to submit reliable financial statements; and weaknesses in complying with legislation.

The representative, who requested not to be named when asked by News24, said police were meant to provide all financial statements by May 31, but many were lacking.

"We do allow them the opportunity to correct. When we audited them, we picked up errors and gave them the opportunity to fix them, but they couldn't fix our requests," he said.

He also said that 25% of the material findings on the police reports' usefulness and reliability were not complete, not valid, and not accurate.

'Rape statistics inaccurate'

Gareth Newham, of the Institute for Security Studies, also presented before the committee on the 2015/16 police report on Tuesday.

He said the ISS supported acting national commissioner Khomotso Phahlane's Back to Basics programme, and acknowledged he not had enough time yet to show any improvements at the police following the release of the report.

Newham's main point in ISS's analysis of the report was that the reduction in sexual offences during the release of the 2015/16 crime stats was not an actual reduction.

"Those of us working with NGOs haven't seen genuine improvement. What we've actually seen was a decrease in the amount of reported cases of sexual offences since 2013.

"Therefore the reduction in sexual offences is actually a reduction of reporting incidents, and therefore it seems like incidents are reducing as well."

Members of the police were expected to address the committee on the 2015/16 report after lunch.

Read more on:    saps  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.