AG: Presidency, departments flout rules

2012-01-16 14:58

Pretoria - Auditor general Terence Nombembe has concerns about President Jacob Zuma's office complying with laws and regulations.

According to the 2010/11 General Report on National Audit Outcomes released in Pretoria on Monday, he had the same concerns about all but three of the 39 national government departments.

The other three departments were those of environmental affairs, public enterprises and science.

Nombembe, who released the report at a National Press Club briefing, would not be drawn on his specific concerns about the presidency - which received a financially unqualified audit report, but with findings.

Most other government departments received similar reports. Nine departments received qualified audit reports. Only the department of public works received a disclaimer.

According to the report, a disclaimer is issued when the auditor cannot form an opinion on the financial statements.

This can happen where the entity being audited conceals or fails to provide relevant information, is involved in litigation, or if its status as a going concern is threatened.

A financially unqualified audit with findings was issued when entities had not "fully addressed deficiencies in their reporting on predetermined objectives and/or compliance with laws and regulations".

Nombembe said he was happy with the overall improvement in the performance of government departments and the "commitment" of their leadership to getting clean audit reports.

"Leadership has risen to the commitment (of obtaining clean audits). The biggest area of concern is when it comes to supply chain and procurement. The rules are known and the expectations are known."

One of the "biggest weaknesses" that government departments had was in their information technology systems.

Nombembe said the findings where there were concerns did not necessarily relate to a loss of money.

Government departments were willing to implement recommendations.

"This was one year where there was no debate," he said.

The report indicated that the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the National Arts Council of SA and the Technology Innovation Agency had received adverse audit reports.

  • D-Man - 2012-01-16 15:06


      Willie_G - 2012-01-16 15:27

      Would be even more interesting (and rewarding) if something gets done about it!! Accountability does not exist in the vocab of our government officials

  • 100001933802471 - 2012-01-16 15:22

    Could of told everyone all of this a long time ago.

  • Colin - 2012-01-16 15:22

    The complete irony here is that this now demonstrably inept ANC Government has "deployed" CENTRAL government employees to handle the finances of Limpopo, Free State, etc where THEY have not been getting clean audits. It is an ABSOLUTE disgrace, that, where the example should have been set "Auditor General Terence Nombembe has concerns about President Jacob Zuma's office complying with laws and regulations." How many more worms are going to come out of the woodwork?

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-16 15:35

    It's very worrying that 9 of the 39 departments received qualified audit opinions. As an auditor we only issue qualified audit reports in very rare circumstances and we only qualify a very tiny percentage of audits annually (maybe 1.5%) so the fact that 23% of government departments is extremely troubling.

  • 100003041098800 - 2012-01-16 15:42

    This will remain par for the course just so long as the ignorant anc supporter does not hold his inept party accountable for their monopoly on incompetence.

  • 100003112680743 - 2012-01-16 15:56

    And the future economic growth is in their hands!!!!!!!!!!! When will voters realise that these are self serving,ignorant fools!!!!

      lizards - 2012-01-17 09:47

      When we have representative govt and all the MP's including the president are voted for by the voters at large and not just by sychophants in the ANC NEC. They then will hopefully be accountable to the people

  • braamc - 2012-01-16 16:01

    They are nothing but filthy thieves. Time tax payers reconsider there options.

  • Chris_Lawrie - 2012-01-16 16:05

    too bad the voters dont have access the internet to read independant news

  • Mike 63 - 2012-01-16 16:10

    Don’t worry ,nothing in the world lives much longer than 100 years, a change of government is imminent (My bet is 5 years tops )

  • 100000983337089 - 2012-01-16 16:16

    Viva ANC. NOT

  • braamc - 2012-01-16 16:27

    quiet quiet, secrecy bill

  • 100001391341842 - 2012-01-16 16:34

    Rules don't apply to them. They're just there to be flouted.

  • 100003135656744 - 2012-01-16 16:36

    What do you expect from inept thieves...!

  • Morwa - 2012-01-16 16:37

    Here is a simple solution to this Mr President 1. Do away with Cadre Deployment. 2. Promote a Culture of Learning and Innovation in your Government. 3. Employ People on Merits and not with association. 4. Do away with nepotism. 5. Deal with Kleptocracy in the (Party...ANC), and in Government. 6. Positively engage your employees and create a motivated workforce.

      frank.hartry - 2012-01-16 18:20

      That is quite a lot for Zuma to 'apply his mind' to. In respect of the ANC led government, 'Never in the field of world politics has a political party done so little, because of its abuse and corruption of taxpayers money'.

      Idille Borch - 2012-01-16 18:33

      100% agree with you. Perhaps though you could add another point? 7 The president should face up to the reality that he is not equal to the task and be man enough to resign. We the people should then democratically elect another President with the correct moral and intellectual qualifications. Not just another ANC cadre. In fact, being a cadre should be a disqualification for the job. This country needs a selfless, energetic person with vision. Not any of the dinosaurs locked in the past nor anyone who is still struggeling to come to terms with the present.

  • 100002293395552 - 2012-01-16 18:38

    It is really unfair to criticise without providing any solution to the problem. As a white South African, I feel bad that we are giving an impression that the apartheid regime was clean. The fact is that they were far more corrupt than the ANC government. What happened to ESKOM coal mines, SASOL and many others. There is a high probability that the owners or shareholders are ex-white politicians. Please let us join hands with ANC and build this beautiful country. The fact of the matter is that black people compromised a lot given what we (whites) subjected them to. Comments made show a huge sense of resentment of being ruled by black led government.

      Warren - 2012-01-17 05:45

      Join hands with the ANC ??? You make it sound like there's either an apartheid or ANC government to choose from. Frankly I think it's quite easy to do better than both. It's easier to fight for one's ideals than live up to them. The ANC doesn't even seem to try. Corrupt ANC politicians used to get a slap on the wrist, now they seem to get a pat on the back. They've become complacent. It's time they were voted out and serve as a warning to the next party that takes over.

      lizards - 2012-01-17 09:53

      I guess that the top brass of the ANC learnt the lessons of corruption from the Nats. We must now join hands with a corrupt clone?? Not resentment -just huge disappoinment for all South Africans except for those few that have benefited from these corrupt ways. Mostly the poor, whom the ANC wre supposed to represent, have suffered most.

  • lizards - 2012-01-17 09:40

    Does the fact they are flouting laws make them liable for police prosecution?? If not, why not?? Any action will result in a suspension on full pay and three years of investigation.

  • dmukaiwa - 2012-01-19 11:59

    oh dear

  • beverley.mare - 2012-09-11 15:44

    The AG knows of the branch of Government, uMsekeli Municipal Support Services which actually assisted all the smaller municipalities with all aspects of training, temporary expertise etc which resulted in very little problems with KwaZulu Natal audits. This was closed down as apparently Government had their own section which should have carried out this work and everything fell down and all the assistance and empowerment provided fell away. We still available to assist if necessary 0837883538

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