R31 billion gone: Act now against the wasting of state’s money

Adv Anton Alberts

It is inconceivable that nearly R31 billion of state money which has come from taxpayer’s pockets have been wasted in one year without heads rolling and the guilty individuals being brought to court, Adv. Anton Alberts, the Freedom Front Plus’ spokesperson on the Economy says.

According to a report of the Auditor General (AG) which was released this week, state departments and entities had wasted R30,8 billion rand in the financial year ending 31 March 2013.11.15

The provincial departments of health and education were the biggest culprits of the 32 state departments which had incurred unauthorised expenditure.

According to Adv. Alberts, it is a serious charge against the ANC and its capabilities to govern the country and its administration. He said with particular reference to the departments of education and health, it is tragic given the two department’s extremely poor performances.

“A person would expect a public outcry about this, but it is clear that the public has started to accept fraud and corruption as the norm for public administration and has become punch-drunk with the continued bombardment with irregularities.

“What is especially worrying is the proof that contracts to the value of R232 million had been awarded in which public service employees or their close families had an interest while 44 public entities had awarded contracts to the value of R17 million to employees of the entities itself.

“It is clear proof of BEE being used as a mechanism to pilfer the state coffers and enrich only a hand-full of black people while the masses are being impoverished.

“The FF Plus is of the opinion that these figures are merely the tip of the iceberg as there is widely held general suspicion of, amongst others, the data which African governments use to balance their books.

“The internationally well-known Prof. Morten Jerven van Vancouver had undertaken intensive research in Africa which boils down to the data being used by African countries to do projections on development and economic growth is based on the manipulation of figures and holds very little credibility,” Adv. Alberts says.


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