Scopa warns of consultant splurge

Scopa warns of consultant splurge

2013-10-13 16:00

Johannesburg - Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi is concerned that government has an over-reliance on consultants that could lead to a parallel state, City Press reported on Sunday.

"We actually felt... that maybe we should call the consultants to come and account because it seems like they are the ones running the show [rather] than appointed officials," he was quoted as saying.

In the financial year 2011/12, national and provincial departments spent a combined R33.7bn on consultants. This figure excluded municipalities' use of consultants, which is now the focus of an audit by the auditor general's office.

"It has been used to financially empower a few friends here and there and an ideology has set in that for anything and everything we must just get consultants... instead of building capacity in the public service," Godi said.

The newspaper reported that, according to the auditor general's annual reports between 2009 and 2013, the public works department paid R14m to a consultant to record and evaluate curtains, scatter cushions and Persian rugs in three regional offices.

Other expenditure included the labour department's compensation fund paying a consultant R68m to do the work of a chief financial officer, who was transferred because the department could not perform its main duties.

  • proudlysa - 2013-10-13 16:17

    The penny seems to have dropped...the cadres can't do the jobs so consultants are called in. Guys, we need to mobilize everyone we can to. To vote DA or Agang otherwise I see a bleak future for us

      Charlotte-Francisque Roux - 2013-10-13 17:46

      But this is only the tip of the ice (or is that the icing) -berg. What about the Prophet Analytics report in Nov 2012? "The government is wrong when it states that only 35% of the annual budget is spent on wages. The true figure is 88%," analyst Peter Aling said. SA is effectively bankrupt. That is the reason the ANC regime is panicking about e-Toll - it will be the 'straw that will break the camel's back'. Ready yourself for a Zim-style complete collapse of SA's economy - do not say you were not forewarned. The moment the US Fed starts to cut back on QE, SA's economy will collapse almost overnight, hyperinflation will hit SA like a sledgehammer.

  • Dobris Ntlhamu Ronaldo - 2013-10-13 16:27


      Charlotte-Francisque Roux - 2013-10-13 17:34

      Is that the currency of an IDIOCRACY..?

  • Cathy De Jongh - 2013-10-13 16:52


  • Timothy - 2013-10-13 17:44

    R 14 million over a period of 4 years to count scatter cushions and curtains and Persian rugs in 3 offices? Only the highly skilled and qualified are capable of such a difficult task.

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-10-13 19:22

      It would have taken about 4 years. Because when it gets to ten the counter resets and it's windows shuts down. Not exactly the brightest smarties in the box this lot.

  • paul.john.790256q - 2013-10-13 19:46

    The consultants control the professional bodies. Watch out for the section 21 com

  • Henry Bird - 2013-10-13 20:35

    Money that could have paid for toll roads

  • Carl J Lotter - 2013-10-13 21:46

    Dependency on consultants by Public servant is because we expect them to do what they are not capable. Public servants ought to be good at law writing regulation development policy enhancement monitoring an evaluation NOT delivery...leave delivery to private sector and reduce size of government departments - better delivery, better laws & regulations and less government expediture

  • Mike Immelman - 2013-10-14 10:48

    Most consulting businesses are labour brokers, maybe the govt needs to lead by example as regard using labour brokers.

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