In the story, 'Social development department bled R6 billion due to 'irregularities' - AG', News24 incorrectly reported that R6 billion had been lost due to material irregularities at the Department of Social Development. During a briefing to the portfolio committee on social development this week, a presentation by the Auditor-General focused on 75 instances of material irregularities. The document was clearly marked Material Irregularities Social Development Portfolio Committee. The R6 billion material irregularities was inclusive of other government departments, not the Department of Social Development alone. News24 unreservedly apologises for the error.
Over the past two years, more than R6 billion has been lost due to material irregularities recorded at government departments.