Gauteng education dept 'wasting money'

2012-09-05 16:59
Barbara Creecy (File, Beeld)

Barbara Creecy (File, Beeld)

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

Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department has been accused of wasting millions of rand of its budget on forensic audits.

Since 2009, the department had spent R18m on forensic audits, Democratic Alliance MPL Khume Ramulifho said in a statement on Wednesday.

Education MEC Barbara Creecy told the Gauteng Legislature that this was the amount in response to questions by the DA.

"Forensic audits are comprehensive financial investigations which usually probe cases of financial mismanagement and irregular, fruitless or wasteful expenditure," Ramulifho said.

Forensic audits could also be conducted to prosecute individuals for fraud, embezzlement or other financial claims and could also be undertaken to determine negligence.

"It is worrying that the education department had to spend millions on such serious investigations."

Equally concerning, was that the R18m excluded costs for litigation or further investigations emanating from the audit, said Ramulifho.

"Instead of spending her department's limited budget on extensive investigations into financial irregularities, the MEC must ensure that proper financial controls are put in place to address the cause, and not simply the symptoms," he said.

"The DA believes that these millions should be channelled towards learning and teaching."

Gauteng education spokesperson Charles Phahlane did not want to comment, but provided the questions and answers tabled at the legislature.

In these, Creecy stated that the department spent R4.9m on forensic audits in 2009, R6.5m in 2010, R4.2m in 2011 and R2.9m in 2012.

Read more on:    barbara creecy  |  johannesburg  |  government spending  |  education  |  local government

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

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 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.