Waste Continues With Cooperative Governance And Traditional Affairs R1 Billion Squander


It’s a season of waste. First, it was reported that the South African Broadcasting Corporation bagged a loss of R411 million for the 2015/16 financial year.

Then, the South African Police Service leadership was accused of being more concerned with filling official bellies.

That was after SAPS’ Annual Report for the 2015/16 financial year revealed that SAPS spent more than R100,000 on catering each day.

After that, it was revealed that Prasa wasted R13.9 billion due to irregular expenditure. While they were at it, SA Post Office (SAPO) was busy losing over R120 million every month.

Now, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has contributed a R1 billion waste.

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Information culled from the 2015/16 financial year report of CoGTA highlighted irregular expenditure amounting to R1 billion. Aside that, there was an outrageous 2581.94% increase in expenditure on consumables.

Also, the report reflected that CoGTA’s total expenditure increased by almost 15% from about R59 billion in 2014/15 to over R68 billion in 2015/16.

A breakdown of the expenditure increase showed that employee compensation, salaries, and wages respectively soared by 10 and 9 percent. The spending on goods and services climbed to R763, 550 000, a 44.94% increase.

Likewise, spending on contractors skyrocketed by 42.89% to R544 498 000 while agency and support/outsourced services flew up from 1122.94% to R6 805 000.

Of course, you already know the DA wouldn’t be silent bout this. The party said the R1 billion waste could have been used to deliver services to South Africans. And, is the evidence of a Department that has become increasingly dysfunctional.

CoGTA DA stated, “…is failing to set the example for local governments with regard to cost containment and responsible spending.

“The R1 billion in waste relates to the irregular expenditure in the 2015/16 financial year amounting to R442 458 000, plus the R589 880 000 in irregular expenditure from previous years that had not yet been condoned or written off and thus got rolled over.

“The wasted R1 billion could have been used to:

  1. Fill 2 272 727 potholes;
  2. Install 100 000 flush toilets;
  3. Build 7 692 RDP homes;
  4. Connect flush sanitation to 250 000 houses; and
  5. Connect electricity to 178 571 low-income houses.”

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DA said since Minister Van Rooyen assumed office, he has driven CoGTA to a financial abyss, negatively impacting the running of local governments across the country and impeding much-needed service delivery.

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