Cape Town - Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke has warned that irregular expenditure of R166.Eighty five billion this yr might be better than registered as a number of the departments and entities have no longer concluded auditing their financial statements.
Maluleke who turned into briefing the National Assembly’s finance watchdog, the status committee on public debts (Scopa) and the standing committee on the auditor-popular, said abnormal expenditure persevered to be a trouble in the budget of government.
She said for the 12 months in evaluation they recorded R166.85bn in abnormal expenditure for 286 departments and public entities.
Maluleke became briefing the joint committees at the audit consequences of country wide and provincial departments.
She referred to as on MPs to play their oversight role in making sure they hold departments and accounting officials liable for the boom in irregular expenditure.
Maluleke said regardless of her powers to rein in departments for irregularities Parliament and other oversight bodies ought to also keep officers responsible.
She said she has referred some of the instances to the National Prosecuting Authority, the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit and the National Treasury for investigation.
“This yr’s accrued abnormal expenditure is at R166.85bn and it's been incurred via 286 auditees.
“Irregular expenditure that we're reporting on isn't whole.
“Much as what we stated last year for as long as you've got were given a number of the auditees certified on their capability to completely account for abnormal expenditure you then recognize that the number is incomplete.
“If you have got auditees that can’t account for a way lots irregular expenditure that they've registered in a yr then you know that the R166.85bn is not whole.
“This year we had 23% of auditees, 88 auditees have been a qualification of irregular expenditure.
“We share the number with warning,” said Maluleke.
She stated Parliament and other businesses could ought to play their position in ensuring money that become appropriated by the national legislature became absolutely accounted for.
If there was no duty then suitable action would ought to be taken.
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