Only two clean audits
THERE are only two provincial government departments that have received clean audit outcomes for the 2016-17 financial year – the treasury and the legislature – the auditorgeneral said.
Provincial auditor-general head Odwa Duda said the legislature had maintained its clean audit outcome status for the past four years.
“They both had improved audit outcomes as the leadership in these departments responded and took timely action to address the previous year’s qualifications.”
Duda said premier Ace Magashule’s office, which should lead by example in the province, regressed in its audit outcomes. “The majority or 63% of auditees’ outcomes stagnated on either an unqualified opinion with findings or a qualified opinion. The three departments receiving the largest budget allocations in the province, education, health and police and roads and transport received qualified and unqualified with findings.
“The agriculture and rural development received an adverse opinion for two consecutive years,” Duda said.
He said the lack of progress in the audit outcomes of the other auditees could be attributable to the leadership’s lack of focused and committed attention to continuously strengthening internal controls and improving the monitoring thereof.
“Over the four-year period under review, 2015-16 was a turning point as the slow response by management towards improved outcomes resulted in a noticeable regression.”
He said irregular expenditure increased from R1.9bn to R5.4bn and could have been higher.