Pravin: Taxpayers weary of misuse of funds

2012-06-12 16:11

Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has warned that taxpayers are getting weary of the misuse of public funds‚ but also pointed a finger at how the private sector costs its products and services to government.

Speaking in the National Assembly during the debate on the appropriations bills on Tuesday‚ Gordhan said: “We must remember this is taxpayers’ money. The taxpayer is becoming impatient that we (government) are not providing value for money.”

Gordhan appeared to be referring to the auditor general’s report of last year that stated the public service had reported fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R30bn.

However‚ Gordhan then turned his attention to the private sector describing it as the second side of the coin, and saying that a higher level of integrity was needed in the way it tendered for government business.

“There is ample evidence that there is two sides to every story‚” Gordhan said.

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-06-13 06:58

    Too little too late, or better late than never, time will tell...

  • Rupert - 2012-06-13 08:29

    30B Rand wasted and who has been held accountable? E-tolling with all its waste would have been avoided.'The time has come said the Walrus'

  • cameron.briceland - 2012-11-07 08:53

    Two wrongs don't make a right Gordhan..Government has a duty to appropriate the taxes in a proper and effective manner.Impatience does not describe how the taxpayers are feeling..they are disgusted..stop mincing your words in an attempt to be diplomatic..

  • ledile.mahapa - 2012-11-07 10:21

    Guys. First of all government spent billions this year on ENTERTAINMENT. Municipalities have BILLIONS unaccounted for. MInisters misusing funds and resugning without being held liable for it. President spending BILLIONS on upgrading his homestead whilst some parts of SA still lack water and electricity.Mineworkers striking for ridiculous percentages whilst mine managers get ridiculous paychecks. PEOPLE like Malema being followed by thousands of people.This country NEEDS to be run by people like Pravin and Thuli, people with a bit of moral fibre and passion for DOING THEIR JOBS. I dont know about everyone else , but i am tired of paying tax and seeing my money get misused the way it is.

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