AG report probes R17.6bn

2013-11-24 14:26

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Johannesburg - A probe by outgoing auditor-general Terence Nombembe on the use of consultants by the KwaZulu-Natal government has found that three departments were responsible for 84% of the R17.6bn spent on consultants between April 2008 and March 2011.

According to the Sunday Independent, of the three departments, transport; health; and agriculture and environmental affairs, the transport department spent R9.7bn, while the health department spent R4.3bn.

Nombembe found that the unilateral appointment of a firm of attorneys by the former KwaZulu-Natal agriculture and environmental affairs MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu cost the department more than R4.2m. This was done without liaising with the department’s legal services directorate.

Two other reports by Nombembe paint a picture of over-reliance on consultants in Limpopo and North West. In Limpopo, the government spent R4.23bn on consultants between April 2008 and March 2011 while the North West government spent R2.8bn on consultants during the same period of time.
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