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Johannesburg - The outcomes of Auditor General Terence Nombembe's audit of the Northern Cape government was welcomed by the ANC in the province on Monday.
African National Congress provincial whip Dave Molusi said his party encouraged the executive and accounting authorities to redouble their efforts in achieving clean audits.
“These outcomes demonstrate an emphatic improvement, with several departments and government entities close to achieving the 'clean audit opinions' advocated by the ANC-led government.”
Nombembe presented his findings to the provincial legislature and members of the Northern Cape executive last week.
Molusi said in a statement the highlight of Nombembe's findings was the clean audit opinion, meaning unqualified with no matters of emphasis, which the social development department received.
During his presentation, Nombembe said consistent performance was an important benchmark of good governance.
Molusi said: “It is with pride in the ethic of hard work and dedication to service delivery that we can announce that none of the departments received a disclaimer opinion during the 2012/13 financial year's audit.”
A disclaimer report is issued when an auditor is unable to complete the audit for a variety of reasons and therefore does not issue an opinion.
The Northern Cape Economic Development Agency and Trade and Investment Promotion Agency received disclaimer opinions.
Molusi said that the provincial health department had received a qualified opinion report, an improvement from its recent history of disclaimer opinions.
“The AG also highlighted that this improvement was encouraging given the complex challenges faced by this department,” Molusi said.
“It is significant to note that Mr Nombembe was encouraged by the Northern Cape's service delivery reporting on the whole.”