R12bn unaccounted for in Gauteng health department

2013-09-16 08:31

The Gauteng health department cannot account for more than R12 billion, nearly half its budget.

This emerged when Auditor-General Terence Nombembe tabled the outcomes of his audit of the department for the 2012/13 financial year, according to the report.

The findings were presented to the provincial standing committee on public accounts last week, The Star newspaper reported today.

Nombembe found the then department accounting officer, Ndoda Biyela, failed to effectively prevent irregular spending of more than R5.7 billion and wasteful spending of more than R408 million.

The department overspent more than R324 million to acquire goods and services.

Other irregular spending included R270 million on security contracts that contravened supply chain protocol, R825 million on unsolicited tender bids and R120 million on infrastructure irregularities.

The Auditor-General said the department was unable to meet its contractual obligations and pay service providers within 30 days as required by law, the newspaper reported.

He also found the department appointed employees without following proper process and could not confirm the department had received R2 billion in revenue from patient payments and neighbouring provinces.

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