Gauteng education spends R10m a year on audits

2014-11-20 10:05

Johannesburg - At least R10m a year is spent on forensic investigations, fraud detection reviews and tender compliance reviews by the Gauteng department of education, The Star reported on Thursday.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi reportedly indicated that the department conducted 159 audits in the past five years, while 29 principals had been implicated in wrongdoing through the reports.

These details emerged during a debate in the Gauteng legislature.

Some of the findings against schools this year were for governance and financial mismanagement, non-compliance with policies, lack of evidence for expenditure, and tender irregularities.

The newspaper reported that the forensic audits were kept hidden from the public, and not even the schools were allowed to access them.

During the debate, Democratic Alliance MPL Khume Ramulifho accused Lesufi of protecting fraudsters and corrupt officials.

"School governing bodies which exposed these financial irregularities are being dissolved and are denied access to these reports," he said.

"The MEC is quick to dissolve SGBs but takes no action against the real offenders."

Lesufi said he would try to ensure that perpetrators faced the consequences.

  • criticallyhonest - 2014-11-20 10:10

    Such as this illuminates the many ways in which crime in South Africa is being used to redistribute wealth. You might just as well take an extra 20% tax each year on capital wealth and hand it out on street corners!

      Sandy Lange - 2014-11-20 10:38

      yes and it would then be better spent

      fargone - 2014-11-20 10:43

      ...and still the stealing continues...

      Karl Kat - 2014-11-20 10:52

      Has this become the norm in our country that everything the anc goverment touches must be subjected to a forensic audit to check how much money was wasted or just disappeared. They like a snake with 9 heads, you cut off one and another appears

      Fanie Gerber - 2014-11-20 13:44

      Why does anybody still wonder why the basic services like water, sewerage, electricity, roads (E_TOLL'S), public transport, etc., are all in tatters? All the taxes are firstly collected to keep up the bloated government services (mostly for making a sh*t statement once or twice a year). . . . and what's left is swallowed up by the dishonest paying the sharks to put up a face that all's OK! (common corruption is also fed from this source! MR Botha would say that taxed breathing air is "a damn good idea!"....I suppose!

  • Joe Black - 2014-11-20 10:13

    Money well spent, but they really should make the information publicly available. Transparency is one of the cornerstones of a healthy democracy.

      Trevor Martin - 2014-11-20 10:24

      Agree this is nothing compared to Tshwane's 15 miljion a month spend on KFC

      Paige Turner - 2014-11-20 10:41

      It's money well spent if the money (and then some) is recouped, the guilty parties are fired and taken to court to account for the losses. However, if the the reports are not made public, there will be nil accountability.

      criticallyhonest - 2014-11-20 11:02

      Joe, only well spent if it is managed properly and creating two things 1. Value for money in terms of a quality service 2. Recovery and punishment for any wrongdoing found. If it is just more paperwork, jobs for friends, and is not designed to recover and reduce (and I challenge you to show me that this isn't the case) then it is simply more of the same misappropriation of yours and mine!

      Joe Black - 2014-11-20 11:44

      @criticallyhonest: Agreed. That's why I said the data must be made available so that some level accountability can be enforced.

  • Yvonne Pietersen - 2014-11-20 10:23

    We knew this all along, not news anymore

  • Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-11-20 10:31

    Every 1 is stealing every this thing. So what can i steal?

      Ze Don - 2014-11-20 10:52

      A dictionary...

  • Sandy Lange - 2014-11-20 10:40

    Why should there be forensic audits in the first place? Why are there a bunch of corrupt, thieving, uneducated individuals in positions of power? Oh I forgot, this is South Africa, no. 1 banana republic. This sickens me. Just think what R10m could be used for in education.

  • Piet Grobler - 2014-11-20 10:44

    Still better than Tswane staff who spend R15m a MONTH on takeaways

  • fargone - 2014-11-20 10:44

    The ANC produces thieves, this is done to create jobs, jobs for forensic auditors and the police!

  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-11-20 10:48

    Job creation for thieves. By thieves.

  • Venicia Williams - 2014-11-20 10:57

    Why wait for DA to speak out to ensure that perpetrators would face consequences? It just show how incompetent u are, Lesufi!

  • Jeff Gama - 2014-11-20 10:58

    James 1:2-3 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Romans 5:3-5 3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 1 Peter 1:6-7 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, Colossians 3:2 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Have a Blessed day

  • Jeff Gama - 2014-11-20 10:59

    Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

      fargone - 2014-11-20 11:16

      now THAT is the really difficult one!

  • CALAMITYSA - 2014-11-20 11:01

    Like Zuma - he leads - and all ANC's follow

  • Stefan Kleijnhans - 2014-11-20 11:01

    At least it's not R15mil on take aways!!

  • Clement Raymond Moropodi - 2014-11-20 11:10

    Aluta continua, the loot continues!

  • Andre Rossouw Jv Rensburg - 2014-11-20 11:14

    Man our government are masters at wasting money !!!

  • Erenst Roodt - 2014-11-20 11:14

    They should findout who the audit companies are and who they are affiliated with..... Bet it is ANC fronts!

  • Andre Jacobs - 2014-11-20 11:16

    Well if zum is costing us 230 million every 4 years with Nkandlas and other 'projects' then that boils down to 57,5 million per year-----so this department is actually 'cheap' for us. But the anc is really an 'EDUCATION' FOR US. MALEMA MUST BE FROTHING AT THE MOUTH ---in Parliament----so much money to spare----so little time to get to it---to have his turn at the trough----surely the anc has had enough by this time?

  • Ledger Barnard Colleen - 2014-11-20 12:20

    Thats cheap considering section 21 and other entities with much smaller budgets spend almost the same, pard to Auditor General office

  • Stuart Lester - 2014-11-20 14:34

    if you are going to spend R10m on audits and you recover R15m then the net of R5m is worth it. if all you do is cover it up, it has in effect being a waste of money. the biggest problem the people see the wide spread theft and corruption starting at the top and it filters all the way down, with everyone taking their slice of cake. the problem is there is no cake left when everybody has finished.

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-11-21 08:29

    No doubt it's paid to a family member or friend or cadre or to own account. Hello, who's fast asleep here. Everything's on the cards with this government.

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