Protector: Clean audits not everything

2011-10-18 22:35

Pretoria - Clean audits do not necessarily mean there was no maladministration by government departments, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"Auditing is not about good governance. It's more than compliance. It's an accounting exercise," said Madonsela.

Madonsela said clean audits were a sign of good governance but that did not necessarily mean that the "money had gone to improving the lives of the people".

"It is good for any institution to attain a clean audit, but auditing has evolved over the years. When auditors look into an institution’s expenditure they do accounting of funds, that doesn’t mean there was no maladministration," she said.

She said the government departments red flagged by her office and by the Public Service Commission were often those not getting clean audits.

Madonsela said the two-day public protector's good governance conference in Pretoria had focused sharply on the ethics of good governance.

"The subject of ethics ran through this conference. We discussed values that benefit citizens, especially the poor."

Madonsela said there was need for citizens to actively encourage accountability.

"We don’t want citizens to be involved only when things go wrong. People have to be consulted adequately at the onset of any programme. The leadership has to involve communities in governance."

The resolutions from the conference were expected to be released on Wednesday.

Madonsela said delegates to the conference agreed affirm a commitment to good governance and to define key elements required.

A forum "of forces for good governance" would be established.

  • Christo - 2011-10-18 23:11

    Obviously they will try to make it seem as if everything is fine by telling lies and hiding the truth. They will do anything to make it seem just right. I just cannot understand how these criminals keep on getting away with all this. How is it possible for them to just steal all this money? Certainly there must be a system showing how every cent is spent and who gave permission. I think it time for heads to role and I also think suspension is not the only thing that should be inforced, they need to know that they will be prosecuted if caught. That is the only way to send a clear message and get rid of these criminals in government.

      Jason - 2011-10-19 02:42

      The governments before the ANC stole and pretty sure the governments of future will steal. Its just how sad everything is really sad. That is Life Christo at least the public protector is a person of action and scared to have ago at corrupt politicians.

      Christo - 2011-10-19 07:56

      I am not sure but I understand that SA is losing 3.8 billion dollars each year from corruption. Listen buddy, I understand what you are saying but come on now, This is out of control. Yes there will always be people stealing but at least try to get the scum that is responsible for this ridiculous situation. Whats the use to say there will always be corruption? So we should just let them go on like this and do nothing? We should at least try our very best to get the honest and right people for the job and set real consequences for the ones that steal. At the end of the day this money should be used for the people who really need it. You are more than welcome to google my stats and then I want to ask you how much could have been done with this money for the poor? How many houses do you think can be build with $3.8 Billion?How many jobs could have been created? It is not rocket science Jason.

      alansmart223 - 2011-11-01 22:28

      Jason.. I think your last sentence should have read ... person of action and NOT scared to have a go at corrupt politians.. dont fret, I also make typos

  • Peter - 2011-10-19 07:20

    "A forum "of forces for good governance" would be established" Ok so lets create another committe ( again ) - that we have to pay for ( again ) - to oversee where out payments are going??? - we bluddy well know where our money is going - certainly not where it is supposed to.

  • Machela - 2011-10-19 14:49

    I think Thuli should concider running for being President of this country, we(SA) really need leader of her caliber.

  • Joe - 2011-11-01 14:59

    Is Thuli Madonsela available as a candidate for the presidency? I'm not even sure of she is an ANC member, but she clearly has brains, balls and a conscience. Qualities sadly lacking in most of the current crop of ANC leaders.

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