Wasted government spending bemoaned

2013-03-18 13:27

Johannesburg - Wasteful government spending of R24.8bn could have been used for numerous projects to the benefit of South Africans, the SA Institute of Race Relations (Sairr) said on Monday.

"We have become so inured to seeing examples of corruption and wasteful expenditure running into millions and billions of rand that it is easy to forget quite how much money this really is and what could be done with it," research manager Lucy Holborn said in a statement.

The Sairr was responding to a recent auditor general report that found provincial departments and entities had incurred R24.8bn in "unauthorised, irregular, wasteful, and fruitless expenditure".

The Sairr calculated that this money could have built over 400 schools.

For the same amount it could have educated a fifth of the total public school pupil population - 2.5 million pupils - for one year.

The sum could otherwise have been used to fund 1.2 million university students, more than the total number of students now enrolled at universities.

The sum was also equivalent to 7.4 million child support grants for one year, or 1.7 million old age pensions.

Based on the price of a newly built prison in Kimberley, which cost R45m, the R24.8bn could have been used to build 550 new prisons.

The projected cost of the new Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital being R1bn, the money could have built 24 children's hospitals, the Sairr said.

Holborn said: "To put it in terms that some of our politicians might better relate to, this money could pay the presidential salary [at its current rate] for over 9 000 years; it could pay the annual cost of catering for all national departments 125 times over; or it could build 120 Nkandlas."

  • linda.mcintyregrice - 2013-03-18 13:31

    or could have should have!!! so what is going to be done about it??? zip.

      Michaele Blignault - 2013-03-18 13:35

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-18 13:39

      It could have meant no rise in Escom costs. Everyone would have benefited.

      QuestionSam - 2013-03-18 13:42

      I agree, ZIP sorta sums it up. But as a side comment, who the hell wants 550 new prisons?? - Spend the money on crime prevention - do not treat the symptom of crime by offering them state of the art prisons. Kimberly se gat - it is there, and free and can house many many more prisoners.

      Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-18 13:57

      It's being reported on news24 and we are commenting on it. That's about the full extent of taxpayer anger!

      goyougoodthing - 2013-03-18 14:05

      Nothing will happen. It could have built 25 prisons and we could have locked up the entire ANC membership. It could have brought back jesus. It could have solved Eskom's issue. It could have built a time machine and we could all go back and right the wrongs of the past, meaning that the present wouldn't be here. Unless those responsible go to JAIL it means NOTHING - 2013-03-18 14:32

      ANC Supporters - I have glanced through all the comments below and see NOT ONE of the regular ANC supporters making a comment .... WHY is that?? ARE you to ashamed to defend the party you so loyal to??? If I were YOU I would also hang my head in shame .... its a disgrace!! 0

      Andre Jacobs - 2013-03-18 14:45

      They are going to get rid of corruption---and nepotism----and the hidden nepotism, bee, that SA has grown allergic to. Bee is stinging SA to death. Get responsible top managers everywhere who will do good book keeping. That is dreaming yes... Seeing that chaos in book keeping makes corruption easy why would they ever bother. The top structures dare not correct this, it will mean the end of the gravy train and power.

      Eterni80 - 2013-03-18 15:40

      please - it wasn't wasted, every ANC member was enriched...

  • danie.malan - 2013-03-18 13:32

    Not that the government would care how it could be spent more useful!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-18 13:40

      ANC spokesman: "We are very angry that this money was wasted. We would have preferred to get our grubby little paws on it for personal use. .."

  • Jaco Whoosh Pearson - 2013-03-18 13:38

    It is becoz of that Apartheid, sjho.

      Michaele Blignault - 2013-03-18 13:42

      Ofcouse LOL

      reynardt - 2013-03-18 14:00


  • camp.j - 2013-03-18 13:39

    DISGUSTING, theft! Lock up all those responsible starting at the top.

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-03-18 13:42

    Expect to see a response (if any) from government that will go something like,We are busy studying the report and we will make an announcement once the President has applied his mind. We assure South Africans that we remain committed to fight corruption and we have measures and processes in place

      Gary Doyle - 2013-03-18 13:48

      The president applies his mind by picking his nose.

      danie.malan - 2013-03-18 13:51

      They have measure and processes in place to waste the next few billions....

      Andre Jacobs - 2013-03-18 14:54

      At Bra-You are taking the words out of their mouth--you will get arrested for doing that.

  • ChrisKhanye - 2013-03-18 13:46

    The goes the money to pay for E-tolls

  • Tieno Bloubul - 2013-03-18 13:48

    No no no, the gov worry more about disbanding the oaf brigade's and how they will take the average voter for a ride again than pesky little side shows like billions of rands of OUR hard earned money being pissed down the drain. Remember, most tax payers vote for the opposition, so they feel they earned the right to have a free for all with OUR money(BEE enriched and public servant taxes does not count, us private tax payers bankroll them anyway)

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-03-18 13:50

    ALL We hear is talk,nothing constructive is done! The offenderds are given a slap on the wrist and year in and year out!!! We are constantly "urged " to donate to the less fortunate but our government lives the high life!!!! Every person who wants a house today because of povety and squalour-and they continue to vote anc-I have NO sympathy!! Black voters are too scared to vote for a party that has whites in it as they are bull$h!11d into believeing "apartheid " will return-so they vote anc thinking by keeping a bl;ack party in power they have won- just shows how dumb they really are!!!!!!

  • Dick Etheridge - 2013-03-18 13:50

    Navy base hit by cable thefts...a report in the Sunday Times said the centre had been hit five times in a year, despite being designated a national key point. Hit five times in a year, despite being designated a national key point? A Naval Base of strategic national and international importance! So Zuma's compound was a more important national key point, than a Naval Base?

      Tony Baxter - 2013-03-18 14:18

      Well said Little Richard. Our Navy and our police are constatly being robbed. Who the hell is protecting us when they can't even protect themselves?

  • Dred Rovers - 2013-03-18 13:51

    This is a very good summary and clearly puts this wasted spending/theft/mismanagement/... into context in terms of what it could have done for the people of South Africa. Now, what is the government going to do to fix the problem?

  • Juan du Toit - 2013-03-18 13:52

    WOW, talk about a bunch of idiots but wait...Ill be called a racist when I criticize corruption in a black empowered country.

  • ProfAndyZulu - 2013-03-18 13:53

    {Pardon-me-whilst-I-puke} This was MY money as well!

  • Wanda Lee Coetzer - 2013-03-18 14:01

    That's it will not be reading news24 or watching news for that matter blood pressure sky high feel like a stroke coming on ANC you make me sick bunch of morons

  • Sheik Mohammad - 2013-03-18 14:02

    It is well laid out so the dumbest of the dumb within the ANC (and there's not many in the ANC that pass the threshold) could understand, but alas they have our money and will spend on themselves. Maybe a good thing as it will lead to their early demise. The Nationalist Party will go down in history as the longest serving Government.

  • Grant Sadler - 2013-03-18 14:03

    I wonder how many buckets of KFC that could buy?

  • WG Oppermann - 2013-03-18 14:08

    Stop moaning! Stop Tax Theft! The legal duty to use tax strictly within the legally approved budget is easy for honest and competent persons. Abusing tax otherwise is illegal, theft and criminal. No law is required to stop theft or criminals. LOAN the monthly budgeted amount to the accounting officer to use within the legally approved budget. Otherwise he must repay it immediately, or deduct it from the next monthly payment, with market interest on late repayments. That will nix tax theft and minimize tax and poverty. Only tax thieves cannot do this.

  • Terry Domnakis - 2013-03-18 14:11

    I hope that all these inbred halfwit cANCerous thieves get sent to jail along with their thievjng families and get horribly sodomised for eternity.

  • Jonathan Swartz - 2013-03-18 14:12

    Please not a 120 nkandlas!!! One Nkandla was one too many!!!

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-03-18 14:16

    Got to love that last comment, it could also have been used to bribe enough more people to vote anc, cos that's the only way you bunch of fools will ever get your voters back

  • Mariehet Langford - 2013-03-18 14:18

    Let's just blame it on apartheid... Better yet let's vote again for this goverment I wonder what other people are thinking about the educated people that's voting there money away. I can only laugh!!!!!

  • Grant Sadler - 2013-03-18 14:20

    Okay so it's about 155 million buckets of KFC!

  • Moroka Phasha - 2013-03-18 14:24

    How much is it going to be stolen from the 2013/14 budget? Because we know others are already planning on how they can benefit themselves through tenders. Fuel levy, e-tolling and other taxes imposed on poor voters so that they can generate enough reserves for the few to benefit. Those accountable must be brought to book and pay every cent.

  • Dexter Tangocci - 2013-03-18 14:33

    If you vote for the ANC you deserve to live in a shack.

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-03-18 14:34

    Not acceptable, KFC aside. It's a disgrace

  • Andre Jacobs - 2013-03-18 14:37

    "or it could build 120 Nkandlas." zuma is working on it.

  • mark.barker.370 - 2013-03-18 14:37

    The answer is simple - join me in my tax boycott , don't pay what is due , don't register for etolls and don't pay for a tv license.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-18 18:29

      Ja, but we have jobs...

  • Dave Thomas - 2013-03-18 14:40

    Sadly the money is gone. No one will do anything about it because we as taxpayers are sold into slavery of an unacceptable system imposed through the misunderstanding that poverty, high crime, corruption is all based on white government systems. From the earliest writings there have always been the rich and the poor. The absence of conscience on behalf of those who rule us today cannot be blamed on history. Godly morality with the church standing up together putting away their petty differences would pave the way for a nation that did not dishonour their parents , steal , kill, desire their neighbour's land and property that they have worked for and focused on giving instead of taking then maybe we as a nation would have a chance.

  • DerekMain - 2013-03-18 14:45

    Where are all the cANCer apologists? Phantsi cANCer, phantsi!!!

  • Hugh O'l Phart - 2013-03-18 14:49

    what about the R30Bill that isnt accounted for? Lost/stolen/pilfered. Include that to the Fruitless and wastefull expenditure and thats a cool R50-R60 Billion per year. More then the Arms Deal in one year.

  • Sean Potgieter - 2013-03-18 14:59

    When am I going to read a news story about someone actually doing something useful. So many articles about bemoaning, investigating, condemning, discussing, but never actually doing.

      Mally Gee - 2013-03-18 15:12

      Just as soon as one story comes about, you will be sure to know about it Sean. We're hoping for one within the next decade.

  • nhlapop - 2013-03-18 15:01

    Its useless to talk about this because nothing will be done to deal with those who are involve.

  • Neill Le Roux - 2013-03-18 15:43

    They could have used that to fix the South African border between SA and our neighboring countries and to ship the lot back to where they came from.

  • Mark Renton - 2013-03-18 18:59

    hmmmm... so the whole road improvement project could have been paid for and E-TOLLS scrapped...? hahahhahahahahahhahahahahah! try and get my money now you bastards! This means WAR!

  • Wayne Duvenage - 2013-03-18 20:54

    And there are no consequences, so what are the odds against any meaningful improvement in Govt Dept audits next year? 10:1, we remain inefficient and corrupt and no-one loses their job. When will business leadership hold government to account or withold our taxes?

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