DA to leave no stone unturned at hearings into Gauteng Departments financial performance for 2020/2021 financial year
18 November 2021
Today, the Gauteng Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) will be hearing from various departments of the Gauteng Provincial Government regarding their financial statements for the 2020/2021 financial year.
This comes after the Auditor General of South Africa released its audit findings for all the departments in our province for the previous financial year.
The AG findings are a mixed bag. While there was a slight improvement in the financial reports, and a stagnation in outcomes on predetermined objectives, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure increased and wiped out the gains made in previous years. According to the AG, departments are not getting better at financial reporting and compliance to supply chain management best practice.
Five departments received a clean audit opinion, while eight achieved an unqualified opinion. Specifically, the Department of Agriculture, and entities within the Economic Development Department improved their audit outcomes and this should be recognised.