KZN health explains R1.4bn underspend
Durban - The R1.4bn under-spending in the KwaZulu-Natal health department was due to delays in procurement, MEC Sbongiseni Dhlomo said on Thursday.
"The under-spending in infrastructure was mainly due to delays in procurement, especially around the appeals process," Dhlomo said in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.
It was announced on Wednesday that the department failed to spend R1.4bn set aside for infrastructure projects.
The department’s failure angered members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union, who picketed outside Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital on Wednesday.
Dhlomo said delays caused by appeals meant projects amounting to more than R200m could not be implemented.
Some delays were caused by court processes with contractors, he said.