Auditor-General gets more teeth

CAPE TOWN - Officials responsible for financial irregularities at government departments will be held personally accountable for wrongdoing.

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu is confident changes to the Public Audit Amendment Act will help curb unauthorised spending.

If accounting officers fail to implement the Auditor-General's remedial action, they can now be made to repay the money.

READ: Government wasteful expenditure skyrockets

Over R50-billion of taxpayers' money was lost to unauthorised, irregular and wasteful expenditure in the previous financial year.

Government's clean audits have decreased by a whopping 23 percent.

They have cited appointments of unqualified people as one of the reasons for the poor audit.

Certificates of debt will be issued to culprits if they fail to implement the recommendations.


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