There is a need for drastic change in the North West province and leadership must take an anti-corruption stance to restore the rule of law, the Auditor-General said in her general report on provincial audit outcomes.
Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke said the irregular expenditure in the provice stood at R27.2 billion. The health department is the top contributor to the irregular expenditure with a balance of R9.8 billion.
“Overall, financial health regressed with 32% of the auditees, being the North West Department of Human Settlements and five public entities, requiring intervention to remain viable. As leadership has not heeded our call to reassess the financial model of public entities, these auditees are relying on operational grants and operating at a deficit. The outstanding medical negligence claims against the provincial department of health amounted to R5,5 billion, which is more than 92% of next year’s budget and will negatively affect the department’s service delivery,” she says in the report.
“We have been consistently calling for greater accountability in the management of public funds through the reduction and investigation of unauthorised, irregular, and fruitless and wasteful expenditure and a demonstration of how public funds are spent through the timely submission of quality financial statements for auditing.” She said drastic change is needed by implementing corrective mechanisms and the necessary preventative controls.