Irregular expenditure in government up to R50bn: AG report

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File: Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts chairperson, Themba Godi.

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The Auditor-General has found that government racked up irregular expenditure of at least `R50-billion over the past financial year. This is an increase of nearly R5-billion since the previous year. The AG was briefing a meeting of Parliament’s Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Appropriations on the 2017-2018 audit.

JOHANNESBURG - The Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu has found that government racked up irregular expenditure of at least R50-billion over the past financial year.

This is an increase of nearly R5-billion since the previous year.

Makwetu was briefing a meeting of Parliament’s Standing Committees on Public Accounts and Appropriations on the 2017/2018 audit.

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The committees want ministers and Director Generals to be held responsible for the appalling outcomes.

Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts chairperson, Themba Godi said what is failing is accountability.

Godi said Ministers and DGs continue to fail to take steps to curb irregular expenditure in their departments.