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Re: Government wasting tax payers money
« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2014, 08:05:54 am »
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Mystery of Cango Caves millions

July 29 2014 at 07:33am
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Cape Town - It is alleged that the embattled Oudtshoorn municipality has moved millions of rand out of the Cango Caves trust accounts and into its own coffers.

Now the Western Cape’s Finance MEC Ivan Meyer, and Local Government MEC Anton Bredell, are probing claims of financial irregularities and mismanagement.

It is claimed the amounts involved start at R16 million.

The Oudtshoorn municipality said it regarded the allegations in a very serious light and would comment comprehensively later.

The extensive formation of caves in the foothills of the Swartberg range is a major tourist attraction and has World Heritage status.

The Oudtshoorn town council remains in political turmoil because of a court order preventing the DA from bringing a motion of no confidence against the ANC, Independent Civic Organisation of SA and National Peoples Party executive, which is currently in charge of the town council.

Bredell told the Cape Argus that over the past year the province had engaged with the municipality on a range of governance issues, including the management of the caves.

In terms of the Cango Caves Ordinance of 1971, the former Administrator of the Cape – to whom Bredell is the successor in law – had certain powers with regard to the caves, although their day-to-day management was the responsibility of the municipality.

Bredell said: “The province has become aware of allegations regarding the misuse of cave funds for municipal purposes.

“Along with my colleague, Dr Ivan Meyer, the necessary provincial structures are now looking into the matter.”

Meyer said on Monday that the provincial government was concerned about the allegations because Oudtshoorn was the heart of the province’s rural economy, and “the Cango Caves is central in the tourism economy of Oudtshoorn and the region”.

Meyer said he would engage with the relevant authorities, including the auditor-general, to ensure that any withdrawals from the Cango Caves Trust Account were legal.

 

A highly placed source, who did not want to be named, claimed more than R16m had been moved from the accounts. “This is not just happening now; this mismanagement has been ongoing for several years,” she said.

The transferred funds should have been used for maintenance and infrastructure development at the caves.

Another informed official said the caves did not get any funding from the municipality or the province, and had been responsible for their own upkeep.

“It needs money to ensure that everything runs smoothly, but if funds are taken from it willy-nilly soon there will be no more caves, just a neglected old landmark,” she said.

Several local residents and businesses confirmed that rumours were rife that the municipality had been milking the caves’ accounts.

AfriForum Oudtshoorn chairman George Kersop said he knew the municipality had not submitted financial statements to the province on the finances of the caves.

“A question one should ask is why provincial government has not stepped in and investigated the financial affairs of the Cango Caves,” he added.

Local resident and DA spokesman Chris McPherson said the real concern was that money that came from the caves was being used for “God knows what” by the municipality.

Municipal staff confidence had reached an all-time low in Oudtshoorn and people were too afraid to speak up.

McPherson said locals were so disillusioned with the state of affairs in their town that nothing could surprise them any more.

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Re: Government wasting tax payers money
« Reply #61 on: July 29, 2014, 08:11:19 am »
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ANC mulls Hlongwa graft claims

July 28 2014 at 07:50pm
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Johannesburg - Allegations of corruption involving ANC Gauteng Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa have been referred to the party's integrity committee, the ruling party in the province said on Monday.

“Allegations in the media have been handed over to the integrity committee so that comrade Brian Hlongwa is offered the opportunity to take the organisation into his confidence,” spokesman Nkenke Kekana said.

“To our knowledge he hasn't been charged and we should caution that it should not be a trial by media.”

The Mail&Guardian reported on Friday that according to court papers Hlongwa, the former Gauteng health MEC, had been implicated in corruption dating back to 2006.

It reported that the African National Congress was a beneficiary of his actions and that Hlongwa allegedly acted as a conduit for bribes.

The National Prosecuting Authority had lodged a series of applications in the High Court in Johannesburg asking for orders to freeze the assets of certain companies, and a house.

The NPA reportedly told the court these assets were the proceeds of a crime. In support of the applications, the Hawks and the Special Investigating Unit submitted thousands of pages of evidence relating to the alleged corruption.

Among the allegations was that R300 000 was diverted from the Gauteng health department to the ANC's 2009 election campaign in the province. Money was allegedly siphoned off to fund the political ambitions of certain ANC figures.

Kekana denied that the ANC had received any money from an official in the health department.

“This is not true, we have not received any donation,” he said.

On Friday, the NPA said over R1 billion in contract claims upon the Gauteng health department had been seized. The seizures were related to two tenders awarded by the department in 2007.

The first tender was for the setting up of a project management unit (PMU).

The NPA said the tender was fraudulently rigged in favour of 3P Consulting (Pty) Ltd (3P) and 3P was a party to the rigging. 3P's CEO Richard Payne was a friend of Hlongwa's.

In January 2008, Payne, Hlongwa, plus 3P employees and department officials went on a holiday in Cuba paid for by 3P, the NPA said.

The second tender was for a health information system and electronic health records (HIS-eHR).

It was awarded to Baoki Consortium, who were party to the tender being rigged. During 2007 to 2008, Payne and Pillay paid a R3.3m deposit for a house for Hlongwa at 163 Eccleston Crescent, Bryanston, with the purchase price being R7.2m.

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Re: Government wasting tax payers money
« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2014, 08:15:59 am »
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Public Works official fired for R60m fraud

August 4 2014 at 07:53am
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Johannesburg - A senior Public Works official has been fired for fraudulently paying contractors more than R60 million to renovate houses for new government ministers in 2009.

Noloyiso Ntwana, former director: prestige unit in the department, was fired for breaching the government’s procurement policy and appointing an unregistered quantity surveyor.

The charges relate to the events after Jacob Zuma became president in May 2009. As a result, houses for the new cabinet were available but needed to be renovated.

Charges against Ntwana come after an intensive investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in 2011, which linked her to the fraud. She did not attend the disciplinary hearings.

Ntwana approached the Labour Court to try to stop charges being brought against her but failed.

Phillip Masilo, legal adviser of Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, confirmed that SIU evidence was used to prosecute Ntwana.

Masilo said a similar investigation is being conducted in Cape Town into the renovations of 10 ministerial houses which cost the department about R100m. “In Pretoria, the amount was approximately R63m,” Masilo said.

Ntwana faced five misconduct charges.

Mafanywa Mphage Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers were appointed as principal agent, but they were not architects; an architect was supposed to have been appointed.

Ntwana also failed to secure pre-tender estimates to prevent the state from suffering any losses or abuse during the period of renovations.

The charges further stated that Ntwana ensured the payment of professional fees to Mafanywa Mphage, who did not deserve it.

She was also charged with insubordination for allowing payments to corrupt companies, when advised against it. The State led the evidence of three officials and SIU investigator Jande van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe testified that Mafanywa Mphage was not professionally accredited to act as quantity surveyors.

Frans Johannes Potgieter, director: quantity surveying, testified that he became involved in the investigation after the state found a number of defects in the workmanship in the houses.

He said the defects were of such a nature that it “would be obvious to any other professional discipline or another person not necessarily involved in the building industry”.

Potgieter further testified that contractors were paid for just furnishing invoices.

“No architect was appointed for any of the houses in question. There were also arithmetic errors in the bills of quantities by the consultants,” he said.

He also said tender amounts were grossly inflated.

“In some of the houses, the cost was in excess of R5m – enough to build a new house.

“Some of the rates were so inflated that a particular project was definitely not value for money, and the consultant did not even prepare an estimate of any kind,” said Potgieter.

He said contractors were instructed to obtain quotations from suppliers and complete the work and costs paid without any verification.

Detailing how the state was robbed, Potgieter testified that in one case, Bhekanani Building and Construction CC invoiced the department for R149 000, stating it was for “electrical work” at a house in Centurion, without giving the breakdown of work done.

The same company also billed the department R5.4m for the renovations.

It also invoiced for blinds for the same house. Two invoices were submitted – one dated June 8, 2009 and another November 8, 2009 – for the same amount of R167 000.

Another invoice by the same company was for High Glass Air Conditioning, which was installed for R136 344, and an electric fence for R195 400.

Potgieter further testified that Ntwana approved payment of R6.5m to Maite Malatelo Business Enterprise CC for repairs and renovations for a house in Waterkloof, Pretoria, on June 7, 2010.

He further testified that Mafanywa Mphage was paid a consultancy fee of R49 636.71 for work not done on another house in Waterkloof. Potgieter also testified that Mafanywa Mphage motivated for the payment of another house in Waterkloof for more than R5.2m to Lilithalethu 41 CC. He said the amounts spent were not justified on those houses.

The presiding officer, advocate Lesego Montsho, accepted the evidence of the witnesses as it “demonstrates that the department suffered considerable financial loss running into millions of rand by paying for services that were never confirmed to have been rendered or for inflated statements of account”.

Ntwana did not respond to SMSes sent on her two cellphones. Her lawyer, Ndumiso Voyi, also failed to respond to questions e-mailed to him.

Ntwana joins a string of other officials who were fired for defrauding the government.

Masilo said the department was considering criminal and civil claims against Ntwana and various companies that benefited fraudulently in the deals.

He said Nxesi was not going to tolerate any form of corruption and misconduct because corruption robbed the state and taxpayers.

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Re: Government wasting tax payers money
« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2014, 04:50:28 pm »
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Johannesburg - The multibillion State Information and Technology Agency (Sita) – the backbone of the government’s service delivery through the provision of ICT systems – is in a state of near-paralysis.

The public entity, which boasts an annual budget of R4.5 billion, is struggling to deliver on its mandate to provide the vital IT goods and services to government departments and other public institutions.

Weeks of investigations by The Star have revealed that corruption, maladministration and poor capacity are among the deficiency syndromes hampering Sita.

The entity has also been hamstrung by acute shortage of skills, partly arising from “flight of skill” due to resignations. It has also been bleeding millions of rand in taxpayers’ money because of massive payouts to senior staffers and service providers in golden handshakes.

The litany of malfunctions and malpractices afflicting Sita are laid bare in confidential documents that Independent Newspapers has seen. The documents include Sita’s internal audit reports and independent forensic audit reports and various correspondence.

Sita is struggling to achieve its mandated task to procure information and communications technology goods and services for government departments and other public institutions.

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And unless the public entity adopts a decisive turnaround strategy, it faces the grim prospect of collapse.

This is revealed in the entity’s own review report on its performance in the 15 years of its existence.

While the Sita board raves about the “several milestones of delivery” of the requisite services, the report is also damning in its findings about its glaring failures.

“The audit and risk committee noted with concern that only 28 percent of the approved corporate balance scorecard was achieved by the entity, as reported by the Auditor-General,” the report reads, in part.

“The committee sees this non-achievement as a weakness in controlling performance and ensuring accountability and discipline throughout the company.”

The 60-page report, “A reflection of Sita’s 15-year contribution to the nation’s 20 years of democracy”, is signed by chief executor Freeman Nomvalo. It was submitted to former public service and administration minister Lindiwe Sisulu, now human settlements minister.

The report warns of dire consequences if Sita is not transformed.

“Sita sits at the crossroad of meeting the growing demand for services and increasing its value-add to the country, and it needs to re-architect its IT and procurement services and improve its organisational culture,” the report reads.

Last year, the Department of Higher Education and Training blamed Sita for the backlogs in the issuing of certificates to further education and training college students.

Director of examinations in the department Nadine Pote said backlogs were because of the instability of data-sets submitted by the entity, resulting in “high rejection levels by the quality assurance body, Umalusi.

Sita’s review audit report is damning in its findings about “the material breakdown” in the functioning of internal control measures and violations of the Public Finance Management Act, among others.

“Both internal and external audits continue to identify several instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to the procurement process, contract management and adherence to internal control,” it reads.

Former auditor-general Terence Nombembe said in his 2012 report that corruption involving Sita amounted to R214 million between 2009 and 2011. It emerged last year that the Special Investigating Unit was investigating as many as 23 cases, mostly related to tender irregularities and conflicts of interest.

In the review report, the committee further “expressed its concern on the number of audit findings identified and reported”.

The negative findings make a mockery of the government’s numerous strategies to improve Sita. In a bid to turn the entity’s fortunes around, the cabinet in 2010 adopted a turnaround strategy and appointed a new board. But that appeared to fizzle when the board was summarily dismissed a year later.

A new board led by Nomvalo and board chairman Jerry Vilakazi was appointed in March this year. Nomvalo is the 17th chief executive in Sita’s 15 years of existence.

The appointment of successive boards appears to have done very little, if anything, to stop the myriad problems bedevelling Sita.

“When the (current) board assumed the reins of Sita in March 2013, it was against the backdrop of a looming storm. The organisation had been in the throes of a turnaround since 2010 and most of the strategic imperatives emanating from the turnaround were yet unrealised,” the report says.

Crucially, Sita’s report indicates that the entity had dismally failed to achieve most of its own targets. This includes sound financial management, improving its own corporate strategy, training companies and SMMEs, and reducing the number of customer complaints. Sita had also failed dismally to improve its supply chain management strategy.

Such is the severity of the problems that some departments - including Correctional Services and Water Affairs - became embroiled in disputes with Sita for bypassing the entity and procuring goods and services using their own internal procurement processes.

In the report, the board recommends a range of interventions.

“Fixing the procurement process” so as “to procure goods and services at a lower cost and improving bid specification quality” is listed as the cornerstone of its turnaround strategy. An initiative called Siyashesha was also introduced as an “immediate intervention to close glaring gaps linked to customer complaints”.

The Department of Public Service and Administration appears to acknowledge the crisis.

“We also note that President Jacob Zuma signed a proclamation for a formal investigation into Sita,” said departmental spokesman Brent Simons.

Sita has since been transferred to the new Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

Accounting and auditing findings as of March 31 this year:

* Investigations into allegations of financial misconduct against officials were, in some instances, not instituted within 30 days of discovery, as required by the National Treasury.

* Financial statements submitted for auditing were not prepared in accordance with the prescribed financial reporting framework, as required by the Public Finance Management Act and the Companies Act.

* Sita accumulated surpluses without the Treasury’s approval, in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

* Sita did not timeously establish a social and ethics committee, as required by the Companies Act.

* Investigations into allegations of financial misconduct against officials were, in some instances, not instituted within 30 days of discovery, as required by the Treasury’s regulations.

* The committee had expressed its concern at the number of audit findings that had been identified and had requested that the follow-up process on the resolution of these findings be accelerated and, where necessary, escalated.

Sita’s response

Freeman Nomvalo, chief executive of Sita, says the entity is on course to fix its problems.

“These are all indicators that this has been an organisation that has been broken down, but it is on the mend. I am saying it has not been fixed, but it is on the mend,” Nomvalo said in an interview with The Star.

He attributed the problems afflicting Sita to lack of stability at the organisation’s top management level.

“The issue with Sita is you do have an inherent problem that arises out of lack of continuity. You need consistency at the top. My sense is that the bigger problem is the lack of stability at the leadership level.”

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Re: Government wasting tax payers money
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2014, 04:55:23 pm »
Johannesburg - The multibillion State Information and Technology Agency (Sita) – the backbone of the government’s service delivery through the provision of ICT systems – is in a state of near-paralysis.

The public entity, which boasts an annual budget of R4.5 billion, is struggling to deliver on its mandate to provide the vital IT goods and services to government departments and other public institutions.

Weeks of investigations by The Star have revealed that corruption, maladministration and poor capacity are among the deficiency syndromes hampering Sita.

The entity has also been hamstrung by acute shortage of skills, partly arising from “flight of skill” due to resignations. It has also been bleeding millions of rand in taxpayers’ money because of massive payouts to senior staffers and service providers in golden handshakes.

The litany of malfunctions and malpractices afflicting Sita are laid bare in confidential documents that Independent Newspapers has seen. The documents include Sita’s internal audit reports and independent forensic audit reports and various correspondence.

Sita is struggling to achieve its mandated task to procure information and communications technology goods and services for government departments and other public institutions.

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And unless the public entity adopts a decisive turnaround strategy, it faces the grim prospect of collapse.

This is revealed in the entity’s own review report on its performance in the 15 years of its existence.

While the Sita board raves about the “several milestones of delivery” of the requisite services, the report is also damning in its findings about its glaring failures.

“The audit and risk committee noted with concern that only 28 percent of the approved corporate balance scorecard was achieved by the entity, as reported by the Auditor-General,” the report reads, in part.

“The committee sees this non-achievement as a weakness in controlling performance and ensuring accountability and discipline throughout the company.”

The 60-page report, “A reflection of Sita’s 15-year contribution to the nation’s 20 years of democracy”, is signed by chief executor Freeman Nomvalo. It was submitted to former public service and administration minister Lindiwe Sisulu, now human settlements minister.

The report warns of dire consequences if Sita is not transformed.

“Sita sits at the crossroad of meeting the growing demand for services and increasing its value-add to the country, and it needs to re-architect its IT and procurement services and improve its organisational culture,” the report reads.

Last year, the Department of Higher Education and Training blamed Sita for the backlogs in the issuing of certificates to further education and training college students.

Director of examinations in the department Nadine Pote said backlogs were because of the instability of data-sets submitted by the entity, resulting in “high rejection levels by the quality assurance body, Umalusi.

Sita’s review audit report is damning in its findings about “the material breakdown” in the functioning of internal control measures and violations of the Public Finance Management Act, among others.

“Both internal and external audits continue to identify several instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to the procurement process, contract management and adherence to internal control,” it reads.

Former auditor-general Terence Nombembe said in his 2012 report that corruption involving Sita amounted to R214 million between 2009 and 2011. It emerged last year that the Special Investigating Unit was investigating as many as 23 cases, mostly related to tender irregularities and conflicts of interest.

In the review report, the committee further “expressed its concern on the number of audit findings identified and reported”.

The negative findings make a mockery of the government’s numerous strategies to improve Sita. In a bid to turn the entity’s fortunes around, the cabinet in 2010 adopted a turnaround strategy and appointed a new board. But that appeared to fizzle when the board was summarily dismissed a year later.

A new board led by Nomvalo and board chairman Jerry Vilakazi was appointed in March this year. Nomvalo is the 17th chief executive in Sita’s 15 years of existence.

The appointment of successive boards appears to have done very little, if anything, to stop the myriad problems bedevelling Sita.

“When the (current) board assumed the reins of Sita in March 2013, it was against the backdrop of a looming storm. The organisation had been in the throes of a turnaround since 2010 and most of the strategic imperatives emanating from the turnaround were yet unrealised,” the report says.

Crucially, Sita’s report indicates that the entity had dismally failed to achieve most of its own targets. This includes sound financial management, improving its own corporate strategy, training companies and SMMEs, and reducing the number of customer complaints. Sita had also failed dismally to improve its supply chain management strategy.

Such is the severity of the problems that some departments - including Correctional Services and Water Affairs - became embroiled in disputes with Sita for bypassing the entity and procuring goods and services using their own internal procurement processes.

In the report, the board recommends a range of interventions.

“Fixing the procurement process” so as “to procure goods and services at a lower cost and improving bid specification quality” is listed as the cornerstone of its turnaround strategy. An initiative called Siyashesha was also introduced as an “immediate intervention to close glaring gaps linked to customer complaints”.

The Department of Public Service and Administration appears to acknowledge the crisis.

“We also note that President Jacob Zuma signed a proclamation for a formal investigation into Sita,” said departmental spokesman Brent Simons.

Sita has since been transferred to the new Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

Accounting and auditing findings as of March 31 this year:

* Investigations into allegations of financial misconduct against officials were, in some instances, not instituted within 30 days of discovery, as required by the National Treasury.

* Financial statements submitted for auditing were not prepared in accordance with the prescribed financial reporting framework, as required by the Public Finance Management Act and the Companies Act.

* Sita accumulated surpluses without the Treasury’s approval, in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

* Sita did not timeously establish a social and ethics committee, as required by the Companies Act.

* Investigations into allegations of financial misconduct against officials were, in some instances, not instituted within 30 days of discovery, as required by the Treasury’s regulations.

* The committee had expressed its concern at the number of audit findings that had been identified and had requested that the follow-up process on the resolution of these findings be accelerated and, where necessary, escalated.

Sita’s response

Freeman Nomvalo, chief executive of Sita, says the entity is on course to fix its problems.

“These are all indicators that this has been an organisation that has been broken down, but it is on the mend. I am saying it has not been fixed, but it is on the mend,” Nomvalo said in an interview with The Star.

He attributed the problems afflicting Sita to lack of stability at the organisation’s top management level.

“The issue with Sita is you do have an inherent problem that arises out of lack of continuity. You need consistency at the top. My sense is that the bigger problem is the lack of stability at the leadership level.”
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« Reply #65 on: August 05, 2014, 04:44:16 pm »
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August 5 2014 at 04:29pm
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Durban - The managers of five KwaZulu-Natal municipalities that have been placed under administration for poor performance continue to draw their R900 000-a-year salaries - much to the chagrin of the DA, who called it a “flagrant abuse of public funds”.

However, the Department of Co-operative Governance, in a written provincial parliamentary reply to the DA’s George Mari, said there was nothing untoward with municipal managers collecting their salaries as they continued to “exercise functions and powers assigned to them”.

According to the department, five municipalities, Indaka, Mtubatuba, Abaqulusi, Umvoti and Imbabazane, have been placed under administration and are being run by department-appointed administrators who each a earn monthly salary package of R135 188.

All five administration contracts are due to expire at the end of September. Some have been running the failed municipalities since 2012.

The department said that since the administrators took over the municipalities, performances had improved substantially.

But the DA said the fact that the municipal managers who were now having their work done for them by the administrators and continued to earn “hugely inflated salaries” were a concern.

“We expect the MEC to review the employment contracts of these municipal managers. It is unacceptable that they should continue to earn fat cat salaries when they have allowed their municipalities to become dysfunctional to the point where they have to be run by the province,” Mari said.

“While the DA notes some of the improvements made within these entities, there can be no place for managers who are not fit for purpose and lack the skills to do the job - too much depends on it and it is ultimately the communities that suffer most.”

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The department said, however, that the municipal managers were employed as accounting officers and had binding contracts with their employers.

“Administrators have specific terms of references based only on the powers assumed by the executive council, and cannot discharge other functions of accounting officers. Administrators drive implementation of recovery plans while accounting officers discharge functions of accounting officers subject to ratification of administrators,” MEC for Co-operative Governance Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

The revelations come just days after the auditor-general’s report found that only seven - Uthungulu, Msinga, Ntambanana, Okhahlamba, Ubuhlebezwe, uMhlathuze and uMzimkhulu - of KZN’s 61 municipalities received a clean audit.

Four municipal entities, Durban Marine Theme Park, Safe City Pietermaritzburg, uThungulu House Development Trust, and uThungulu Financing Partnership, were also given clean audits, with Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu noting an overall improvement in the KZN municipal audit outcomes.

Makwetu said the improvement in the audit outcomes was due to a commitment displayed by both political and administrative leadership, together with oversight role-players, to monitor progress on action plans to address audit findings.

The auditor-general had also found that overall, irregular expenditure at the province’s municipalities and municipal entities had increased by 14 percent.

This represented an increase from R1.56 million irregular expenditure in 2011/12 to that totalling R1.78m in the year under review (2012/13).

Nomusa Dube-Ncube last week said that along with the seven clean audits, many other municipalities had seen a reduction in audit queries.

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Re: Government wasting tax payers money
« Reply #66 on: August 05, 2014, 05:05:25 pm »
Gee who would've thought that this would happen in the wonderful rainbow nation.  Wonder if those fools who gave Zumaclown a standing ovation the the US are also on his payroll?  Maybe they are just also stupid
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‘R700bn lost to corruption in 20 years’

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Johannesburg - South Africa has lost R700 billion to corruption over the last 20 years, the Institute of Internal Auditors said on Wednesday.

“The cost of corruption in the last 20 years... we have lost R700bn,” CEO Claudelle von Eck said at the launch of the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum in Johannesburg.

Von Eck, who is the forum's chairwoman, said people who tried to report corruption were often muzzled.

“Members are being intimidated when they try and raise the issue of corruption in an organisation.”

Von Eck said the forum aimed to educate its members about corruption, advise them how to reveal corruption, and what to do when whistle-blowers were intimidated.

It was intended to be a professional collective voice which would make pronouncements about the state of governance in the country.

“We cannot be silent. As professionals we should be able to say this is what the state is, this is what we need to do to rectify things.”

The forum consists of an executive committee, agencies who can take action, interested organisations, and an evaluation panel.

“As professionals we have a responsibility, an understanding that our responsibility does not begin and end just at our desk and just at our jobs. We've got to carry South Africa,” she said.

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