Spotlight on government staff doing state business

2012-10-24 00:00

GOVERNMENT workers getting tenders and doing business with the state is to come under the spotlight.

Yesterday, the chairperson of the KZN Standing Committeee on Public Accounts (Scopa), KK Nkosi, raised the issue. He noted that the Premier’s office had regressed from having a clean audit to an unqualified audit with matters of concern.

Nkosi said the reason for this slip was because of the lack of information on workers in the department doing business with the state.

“I don’t know where they are getting the time,” Nkosi said. He was aware that government employees were meant to be on duty from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

“In this time, they should be engaged in service delivery. When they get home they should be tired and go to sleep. I don’t know if these tenders are being done at midnight, when you are tired. How do you work the next day?” he asked.

The Scopa hearing was held in the uThukela district office in Ladysmith to give councillors, and especially the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), a chance to see how Scopa works. The hearing yesterday looked at what the auditor-general had said about the the premier’s office and what was being done to rectify matters. The other issue Scopa members expressed concern over was the R82 million spent on consultants.

The ACDP’s Jo-Ann Downs asked for a list giving the breakdown of the consultants and what they were hired to do.

Director-General Nhlanhla Ngidi told Scopa they were addressing all the issues and working especially hard at getting a clean audit once more. “Some measures we have taken included getting all our senior managers to go on a finance management course … There are a number of investigations ongoing and very soon there may be action on some of our senior managers. We are also paying attention to issues of deviation.”

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