Provinces waste R 2 billion in unauthorised expenditure

South Africa’s nine provinces accounted for R 2 billion of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless, and wasteful expenditure in the 2010/11 financial year.

Terence Nombembe, the Auditor General

Gauteng contributes 34 % to GDP, and is responsible for 32 % of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The Western Cape, which contributes 14 % to GDP, accounts for only 1 % of this sort of expenditure.

The Eastern Cape contributes 8 % to GDP, yet is responsible for almost a quarter of such expenditure.

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The Northern Cape, North West, Free State, and Limpopo provinces collectively contribute just over a fifth (22 %) to GDP
but are responsible for almost a third (32 %) of unauthorised, irregular, fruitless, and wasteful expenditure.

The auditor general, Terence Nombembe, said that ‘accountability for results is not taken as seriously as it should be. Bad results are regarded as a norm and when people get a disclaimer or qualified reports, little happens to them to show that this is unacceptable. This is the culture we need to be concerned about.’

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