Figures do not add up in your news story
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.