Fig­ures do not add up in your news story

CityPress - - Voices & Careers - Regi Khu­malo Me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer, KwaZulu-Natal of­fice of the pre­mier PT Makoela

The ar­ti­cle, “State blows R30bn on con­sul­tants” by Athandiwe Saba (City Press, Fe­bru­ary 22 2015) says KwaZulu-Natal spent more than R5 bil­lion in the last fi­nan­cial year on con­sul­tants. The pro­vin­cial Trea­sury in­ves­ti­gated and found the con­sol­i­dated fi­nan­cial state­ment for 2013/14 shows the amount of R6.5 bil­lion be­ing spent on “con­sul­tants, con­trac­tors, and agency/out­sources ser­vices”, but the de­tails fur­ther on in this state­ment un­pack the amount in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

The gen­eral con­cerns on the use of con­sul­tants are in re­spect of the busi­ness and ad­vi­sory ser­vices, which in­clude man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial con­sul­tants, and the amount dis­closed is R872 mil­lion. This rep­re­sents only 0.5% of the pro­vin­cial spend on goods and ser­vices.

I be­lieve Madon­sela. She is legally the right per­son to com­pile the Nkandla re­port af­ter do­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the al­leged mis­use of state funds on Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, as re­quested by the public. Po­lice Min­is­ter Nh­leko com­piled a re­port that is il­le­gal and only sat­is­fies the wishes of one man, Zuma, against the will of the peo­ple, the law and ethics.

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