AG findings on govt spending 'scandalous'

2012-01-17 14:29

Johannesburg - The findings of the auditor general's annual government audit are "scandalous" and heads should roll, trade unions and the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

"This is a serious crisis because service delivery is highly dependent on proper financial controls and accountable and transparent expenditure," the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said

The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) urged government to stop "cadre deployment" and to curb corruption in local, provincial, and national government.

The DA in Gauteng said financial management in the province was "seriously deficient". Irregular, unauthorised and wasteful spending in Gauteng was among the highest in the country, the party said.


Auditor General Terence Nombembe released his 2010/11 General Report on National Audit Outcomes in Pretoria on Monday.

He voiced concern over all but three of the 39 national government departments.

However, Nombembe said he was happy with the overall improvement in the performance of government departments and the "commitment" of their leadership to achieving clean audit reports.

"Leadership has risen to the commitment [of obtaining clean audits]. The biggest area of concern is when it comes to supply chain and procurement. The rules are known and the expectations are known."

The unions and the DA were less forgiving.

Nehawu spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, said South Africans deserved better and "their patience has already run out".

The report showed that national and provincial government departments and public entities wasted and misused more than R20bn of taxpayers' money over the past financial year (2010/11), he said.

"According to the auditor general's report, there has been a 12% increase in wasteful and fruitless expenditure by provincial departments this year compared to the last financial year (2009/10)."

This meant the amount of money wasted had increased from R16bn in 2009/10 to R20bn in 2010/11.

"National departments and public entities have squandered more than R4.5bn in unauthorised, irregular, wasteful, and fruitless expenditure," Pamla added.

Western Cape

The DA's Glenda Steyn said the DA-run Western Cape had proven itself a model of good governance.

"It has achieved standards of financial excellence that Gauteng should emulate."

Fedusa general secretary Dennis George applauded the AG, saying he was keeping government on its toes.

"We fully support the auditor general's recommendations that vacant positions be filled with competent staff in all government departments and public entities."

Fedusa also wanted the recommendation implemented that audit committees be put in place to ensure effective governance.

  • Herman - 2012-01-17 14:37

    The only thing a cadre knows is...........nothing.......

      Wouter - 2012-01-18 13:13

      WRONG!! They know how to steal.

  • Louise - 2012-01-17 14:41

    OCCUPY South Africa!!!!!!!!!!

      Bob - 2012-01-17 14:49

      If the population were not so frigging apathetic I would say...Right on!

      Steve - 2012-01-17 14:59

      Here is a start: Occupy South Africa - Operation Ubuntu

      Malcolm - 2012-01-17 15:00

      The ANC has clearly lost their mandate to govern the country. They are supposed to be the leading example for the citizens to follow, yet they are a despicable disgrace to honesty and accountability and appear to have scant resolve to improve.

  • Heini - 2012-01-17 14:44

    Why are these stories still surprizing? One day however, this cow that they keep milking WILL be dry..........

      Larry - 2012-01-17 15:42

      Next they will do the Mugabe trick and just print more and more money, making the Rand the next failed currency.

      talita.vandermerwe - 2012-01-17 17:25

      And that day is coming sooner than later.

  • Gaby - 2012-01-17 14:45

    R16bn wasted in 2010 & R20bn in 2011 is a 25% increase, not 12%.

      hc12345 - 2012-01-17 14:51

      Now we know why nothing id working, no mathematical skills!

      David - 2012-01-17 15:04

      Eish. The auditor general he not calculate % too accurate. We are lost..LOL

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-17 15:21

      The auditors must of only scored 30% in their exams.....

      enroliv - 2012-01-17 15:57

      This is what the article said, after quoting the AG: "This meant the amount of money wasted had increased from R16bn in 2009/10 to R20bn in 2010/11." Note the AG did not say that, the journalist/article does. It would not surprise me its incompetent NEWS24 journalists and editors making this mistake. Sorry, but I have very little respect for NEWS24 when it comes to details. They always f*ck it up.

      enroliv - 2012-01-17 15:59

      The journalist may have also quoted the 12% wrong. It would not surprise me.

      SaintBruce - 2012-01-17 18:31

      Ok Then, The Guateng Toll roads are now free as they have 'collected' the monies by other means! Didn't ever objection say there were other ways to pay for the roads instead of tolls. The ANC Trolls have taken R 20 billion this year so call it a done deal! Kapsch (read Shaik consortium) can 'collect' from them, not me.

  • DieSeL - 2012-01-17 14:46

    At the end of the day we, the taxpayers, fork out our hard earned cash for all those corrupt government officials/employees to steal and then ride around in luxury cars + live in expensive houses. Is there any hope????

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-17 14:57

      The holidays they all like to have overseas, all the court cases, and of course birthday celebrations. This needs to be stopped quickly. I am sick of slaving everyday to pay tax to keep these idiots living in the lap of luxuary.

  • lebo.lathane - 2012-01-17 14:46

    A snake rots from the head! A leader who hires an incompetent person is incompetent.

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-17 15:22


      NrGx - 2012-01-17 15:35

      well said! Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. The only foes that threaten SA are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.

      margeaux.batt - 2012-01-17 15:40

      And who hires the leader? The majority do when we vote at election time... Wish the majority can realise the leader that they've chosen is the wrong one for the well being of the country!

      NrGx - 2012-01-18 08:20

      @margeaux - we / they (the voters) dont choose a leader, they vote for a party, and that party selects its leader. I for one believe we should vote for a president ourselves (like they do in the US, and Uk and, and and). But as is the norm, the world goes left and SA .... we go dat way, is jus a dubble up ne.

  • hc12345 - 2012-01-17 14:49

    What do you expect when you get rid of the people who are qualified and replace them with friends and family!

  • Mike - 2012-01-17 14:50

    R wasted... in a country where people are starving!

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-17 15:22

      The carde's are more concerned about funding their lavish lifestyle than worrying about the poor.

      Kosie - 2012-01-17 15:46

      could have build 1000 schools with that

      keketso.polisa1 - 2012-01-17 16:56

      Eish! There goes our money again.

  • braamc - 2012-01-17 14:50

    The nothing but incompetent thieves, feel nothing for the people that voted for them.

  • delahvonne - 2012-01-17 14:56

    The only "ROLLING" will be the the government ministers with laughter,in disbelief at the ignorance of the mass of people who voted them onto the gravy train !!!

  • Wayne - 2012-01-17 14:57

    Cadre is as Cadre does!

  • Max - 2012-01-17 14:59

    Clearly the result of transformation...

  • Allen - 2012-01-17 15:00

    R20B!! That could have gone a long way to paying the SANRAL debt and thereby scrapping the need for 40c/km toll fees that they want to fleece from the already overtaxed tax payers. It would take only 2 years to pay for Gautengs new road system using this "slush fund" without having to toll the motorist at all. If I lived in GP I would refuse to pay the toll. My taxes have already paid for it!!!

      delahvonne - 2012-01-17 15:04

      Excellent point!!!

  • Melanie - 2012-01-17 15:04

    if there is armageddon, i say.....bring it! wipe out all the scum on this planet!

  • Chris - 2012-01-17 15:04

    The DA leading the country again as proven by its clean audit.

  • mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-01-17 15:06

    A billion here....another billion there....who cares. Nothing we (the taxpayers) can do about it.

  • Josh - 2012-01-17 15:07

    Lol, where are all the guys who typically come in about now and write some positive statement about the ANC using the world's worst grammar and spelling? Viva....... oh forget it... The ANC were a reactionary organisation, not a governing body...

  • David - 2012-01-17 15:19

    If indeed this is a finding of Auditor General, who had not so long ago, admitted that his reports are not comprehensive (i.e. do not take into account other aspects of expenditure by affected departments), then, we should all be very afraid and trust the electorates are taking into account the report.

  • Cameronl - 2012-01-17 15:23

    The DA has every right to show just what a bunch of thieves the ancorruption party are, they just legitimately and so legally managed to point this out, nothing like a good audit hey :) thanks DA, maybe one day the masses with have the c rap removed from their eyes and appoint the proper party into rule, to properly lead us out of the embarrasment the anc has so successfully created all by their moronic selves. shame on you anc

      Cameronl - 2012-01-17 15:24

      and thanks AG for the audit, thanks for showing the country yet again how useless and corrupt the anc are, as if we didnt know already!, neverless thanks

  • spartanx93 - 2012-01-17 15:24

    let the public know what this fruitless spending is being spent on!

  • KReddy - 2012-01-17 15:24

    There is enough money to spend on service delivery on every front in sa. Overspending, corruption as well as, believe it or not, UNDERSPENDING is evident and all these need more control to meet everyones basic needs. Unfortunately its line my pocket before I get kicked of the gravy train at the next cabinet reshuffle or elective conference.

  • Peter - 2012-01-17 15:27

    That money could have built factories and facilities to process our raw materials which are going out of the country. Unfortunatly polititions can only celebrate and change street names.

  • Phumi - 2012-01-17 15:30

    These findings are not scandalous but prove that the institutions that are there to safegaurd our democracy such as the office of the Auditor General and Public Protector are working. These finds also give us an opportunity to improve our checks and balances. If the DA were performing well they would have obtained a 100% clean audit but instead got a 97% and an audit opinion. NEHAWU and FEDUSA must also assist government to promote good governence amongst their members and not behave like an opposition party! We welcome these findings and hope that we are going to learn much from them moving forward and once more proving that togethor we can do more!

      PaasHaas - 2012-01-17 15:35

      We hear the same thing every year "we will learn from the AG's report and move forward" - the only thing moving forward is rampant corruption! Surely after 18 years in power and a REAL concern for the people the amount wasted would have decreased and NOT increased?

      Kosie - 2012-01-17 15:54

      @ phumi you are really blinded by you ignorance, if what you say is true then why was there an increase from 2009(R16bn) to 2011(R20bn) and not a reduction as you say there will be.

      Phumi - 2012-01-17 15:58

      Do not forget also that now we have more departments that didn't exist in 2009.

      Charles - 2012-01-17 16:11

      .....and once more proving that togeth"o"r we can do more "corruption"!

      Paolo - 2012-01-17 16:23

      @PHUMIDIOT !can you not see that the ANC is stealing from all of us tax paying citizens (may be not you) and the poor who do not get any service delivery ??????? WAKE UP

      Johan - 2012-01-17 16:41

      Somebody stole or misused 20 BILLION RAND of taxpayer's money and you take comfort from the fact that the "institutions that safeguard our democracy" know about it!? Step back from that keyboard boet... you're going to hurt yourself with it.

      Frank - 2012-01-18 09:03

      Phumi, Please sixteen billion Rand wasted is not you understand the word scandalous its not a strong enough a word for this crime

      Fiona - 2012-01-18 09:50

      Folks - there is no need to be abusive to Phumi in order to make your own point! It absolutely detracts from anything useful that you might have to say. I agree with Phumi that the institutions to safeguard our democracy are doing a good job. The difficulty is in translating their findings into good governance and this is where NEHAWU and FEDUSA must behave as an opposition party. In a family, there is no use in the parents merely pointing out that their children are misbehaving if they do not also criticise that behaviour. What is needed is the political will in the ANC to upgrade their members' skills in practical governance and to firmly root out every instance of corruption, even to the point of getting rid of that person from government - and to srtop cronyism.

      Wouter - 2012-01-18 13:17


  • planetdonovan - 2012-01-17 15:30

    the leaders will now enjoy the champagne... on your behalf.

      leijn.tissink - 2012-01-17 17:58

      you should add : the ANC supporters should enjoy the wealth of this country the through their leaders' corruption

  • Larry - 2012-01-17 15:39

    The ANC will do nothing about it. They are the Thieves, so they are not going to pull themselves up over this. More disgraceful is the fact that there is not much we can do about it.

  • JulianCurtiss - 2012-01-17 15:53

    "We fully support the auditor general's recommendations that vacant positions be filled with competent staff in all government departments and public entities."... just so long as they're not white?

  • Dickson - 2012-01-17 15:59

    How do you get this type of information to the mass's and make them understand?

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-17 16:01

      unfortunately you can buy mass loyalty through a box of chicken & a yellow shirt.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-01-17 16:14

    PROUDLY SA! This audit results is no surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • berenice.cedarhome - 2012-01-17 16:26

    how do they get their hands on the money. Ask Pravin Gorden if budgets are set and monitored. However, the President leads by example. What is more wateful to the taxpayer and a President that expects the country to support all his wives and children in 5 star accomodatition and style and wastes money on houses that were already done up by the mbekis, and money on NKANGLA and aeroplanes, and and and awards billion rand tenders to his crnonies and to his family

  • Ally - 2012-01-17 16:40

    C'mon guys!! If ever a headline were misleading, it's this one "AG findings on govt spending 'scandalous'" should read AG finds govt spending 'scandalous' Please, someone, anyone, everyone, improve the grammar on this site!!!!

      Siyanda - 2012-01-17 19:07

      The fu@#$n country is in chaos and you worry about grammar!!!!!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 19:32

      Siyanda... What F*ck the? This kayos is in country?

      janet.pretorius1 - 2012-01-18 11:26

      Point taken Ally. Nice play on words. @Siyanda - I like your attitude!

  • Johan - 2012-01-17 16:47

    All the stories about corruption, all the stories about fraud, all the stories about cadre deployment and incompetence, all the stories about nepotism, all the stories about a lack of service delivery... they all come together in this one, single number. The number is ZAR 20 BILLION. Escalating each year. It is not sustainable. This country is heading for .... what?

  • rickvcooper - 2012-01-17 16:51

    This ANC government is a diseased tick on the rump of productive society.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 19:31

      I could not have said it any better!

  • hielke.klooster - 2012-01-17 17:16

    Wastefull expenditure or plain theft?

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-17 21:18

      all of the above

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-18 05:49

    This really isnt about the DA or ANC its about greedy people not doing their job properly. And if Gauteng is the worst with money then look at who signed off on stuff deal with those people with termination of their position and termination of their party that they were part of.... Because no one should want to associate with thieves, murderers, child molestors and so on... So the ANC or DA who doesnt do this is only rewarding the bad behaviour and it will continue.... Root out the evil and remove them from society, and if our jails are full bring back the death penalty for the lifers wasting the taxmans money, right now crime is the way to go in this country and Prison is the free ride every poor person wants... we have to make crime less attractive... even corruption and money wastage...

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-18 07:26

    the passing of the info bill will fix all this. what you don't know won't hurt you...

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 07:56

    If the chief is vrot, so will be his followers......

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-18 08:18

    ZUMA NEVER SAYS ANYTHING and the proof is in the eating (rather the remaining scraps), zuma = FAIL SPECTAULARLY starting with jobs and then a lonnnng sorry list downward from there. Did The Land Reform Process aid Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa? | Zuma's Orwellian State - Animal Farm, Gordon Heath, DVD -

  • Maitseo - 2012-01-18 08:30

    20bn Rand from Taxpayers spent "wastefully" from Gauteng province, then you wonder why they have multiple estates

  • Johan - 2012-01-18 08:43

    The ANC was good as a liberation party, doesn't mean it good as a managing body. Think these things were never considered when they achieved there goal. For a warrior to hand over control is extremely difficult because then they loose what they fought for. Now is the time to put managers, but real ones, in charge.

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-18 09:08

    Here we go again.

  • mario - 2012-01-18 09:33

    What took them so long?!

  • Mr C - 2012-01-18 11:51

    ok, come clueless ANC members, argue your way out of this without using the words "Struggle" or "Apartheid". Good luck

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