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JOHANNESBURG - The SA National Road Agency’s (Sanral) very high irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure resulted from the agency not following supply chain management processes, the parliamentary standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) has noted. 

The committee expressed further concern yesterday that Sanral ignored National Treasury regulations and the Public Finance Management Act, resulting in its finances being in a bad state. 

Sanral’s irregular expenditure accumulated to R10bn and fruitless expenditure amounted to R15m in the agency’s 2016/17 financial year. The committee said these were huge amounts, adding that taxpayers’ money should not be wasted in this manner. It was also concerned about unsolicited bids that bind Sanral to compensate suppliers if projects failed. 

The committee said the N1/N2 toll road cost Sanral R15m and was wasteful. 

- BUSINESS REPORT