Robben Island Museum gets poor marks in audit

2010-09-29 08:48

The financial books of Robben Island Museum, which oversees the world heritage site where Nelson Mandela was jailed under apartheid, have received a red card from the Auditor-General (AG).

In an annual report given to Parliament on Monday, the AG failed to give the museum’s books a clean bill of health, slapping them with a qualified audit.

The AG poked holes in the museum’s spending and record-keeping, including its failure to verify more than R76 million allocated to property, plant and equipment spending.

Another R2 million was cited as fruitless and wasteful expenditure, and R117 884 in spending was labelled irregular.

The top tourist site has been plagued by management woes in recent years. Last year, the museum’s entire council resigned.

A new chief executive is set to start in November.

The AG did not deliver a final opinion on the museum’s financial status last year, saying the information provided was lacking, the Cape Times reported.

The year before, the museum also received a qualified audit, the paper said.

The island, declared a world heritage site in 1999, is where Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment by the apartheid state.

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