R45.6b Irregular Expenditure – It’s known to everyone that South Africa’s Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini is the President of ANCWL (African National Congress Women’s League). In her capacity as the Social Development Minister, it’s her responsibility to ensure that the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) is financially responsible.
When Sassa’s latest financial statement was recently presented in Parliament, it was identified that irregular expenditure at Sassa climbed to R1.4 billion in the 2016/17 financial year.
One would’ve thought the Minister and the ANCWL would hide their faces in shame when the Auditor General (AG) 2016/17 financial report for national, provincial departments and government entities exposed R45.6b irregular expenditure.
Clearly, the Minister would make the list of those to be punished for the R45 billion waste if South Africans insist that heads must roll. Thus, it’s surprising and quite hypocritical for the ANCWL to be disappointed and grieving over the extent of the irregular expenditure reported.
Well, the ANC women’s league expressed that the irregular expenditure by departments and government entities are uncalled for. While the league specified that it is an ignoble departure from the principles of managing state finances effectively and efficiently, it also proclaimed it – an act against the building of an accountable and transparent government.
“Irregular expenditure is an ‘expenditure other than unauthorised expenditure … that is not in accordance with a requirement of any applicable legislation… (We condemn) non-compliance to section 38(1)(c)(ii) of the PFMA by some accounting officers/accounting authorities and officials in departments and government entities,” stated the women’s league.
Thereafter, the league called on the government to erect strict measures which would recover all the irregular expenditures.
“Section 38(1)(c)(i) and 51(1)(b)(i) of the PFMA, which dictates that accounting officers or accounting authorities must take effective and appropriate steps to collect all money due to the institution, hence our call that every effort must be undertaken to recover irregular expenditure,” added ANCWL.
More to that, it urged all government departments and entities to strengthen their financial management systems in order to curb irregular and wasteful expenditures.
“Government and its entities must use the limited available resources to eliminate inequality, unemployment and poverty and ensure that all South Africans in particular women and children attain a decent standard of living,” said the league.
Above all, it encouraged all of its supporters and members serving in government entities to fully comply with the financial and performance management prescripts when executing their responsibilities.