http://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Recommendations RSS ← Back
Africa|Education|Finance|Financial|Sanitation|SMS|System|transport|Water|Africa|South Africa|Insufficient Infrastructure|Proper Public Transport Infrastructure|Infrastructure|Monique Taute|SMS
Africa|Education|Finance|Financial|Sanitation|SMS|System|transport|Water|Africa|||Infrastructure||
africa-company|education-company|finance|financial|sanitation|sms|system|transport|water|africa|south-africa|insufficient-infrastructure|proper-public-transport-infrastructure|infrastructure|monique-taute|sms-technology
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

Report on unauthorised, irregular, and fruitless and wasteful spending in national government departments

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

Report on unauthorised, irregular, and fruitless and wasteful spending in national government departments

4th October 2017

SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

AfriForum, as part of its national whistle-blower campaign, released a report today that exposes the total accumulated misappropriation of R16 billion by national departments during the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

The national departments of Transport, Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Basic Education are the main perpetrators that are collectively responsible for the misappropriation of nearly R9 billion.

This information was among others obtained through the departments’ annual reports, each including a report from the Auditor General (AG).

According to Monique Taute, Head of AfriForum’s Anticorruption Unit, the Department of Transport misappropriated an accumulated amount of R4,23 billion.

“A functional public transport system is of critical importance for the growth and progress of South Africa. It is unacceptable that this department misappropriated more than R4 billion while the lack of proper public transport infrastructure impairs thousands of citizens,” says Taute.

Furthermore, the DWS misappropriated R2,58 billion, while numerous communities do not have access to clean and drinkable water.

“In 2015 more than 25% of households reported regular water supply problems. At times the water supply was off for days on end, which contradicts national legislation.”

The Department of Basic Education misappropriated a total accumulated amount of R2,41 billion.

“Roughly 80% of South African schools are dysfunctional, mainly due to poor and insufficient infrastructure. The department could have spent the billions of rands that was misappropriated to purchase and distribute urgent supplies such as school desks, chairs, handbooks and workbooks among other things,” says Taute.

AfriForum’s Anticorruption Unit will during the next couple of weeks submit criminal charges in accordance with Section 86(1) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999) against the Directors-General of these three national departments.

According to Taute the charges against the Directors-General will be based on their alleged financial misappropriation in accordance with legislation. “The Directors-General are the accountable officers who are responsible for preventing irregular, fruitless, wasteful and unauthorised expenses and holding guilty parties accountable. The Directors-General are also obliged to keep complete records of the department’s financial affairs in compliance with the prescribed legislation, norms and standards.”

AfriForum encourages the public to place the necessary pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by sending an SMS with their names to 45352 (R1).

Advertisement
To watch Creamer Media's latest video reports, click here
 
Advertisement
  • Report on unauthorised, irregular, and fruitless and wasteful spending in national government departments
    Download
    0.71 MB
Sponsored by

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE ARTICLE ENQUIRY

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close