CAPE TOWN - Managers need to be held to account for the unsatisfactory latest national and provincial audits, parliament's standing committee on the auditor general (AG) said on Sunday.
Committee chairwoman Nthabiseng Khunou called for greater accountability for the decline in national and provincial audits. She was reacting to the AG's announcement this past week that departmental and public entity audit outcomes had regressed in the past financial year.
“It is unacceptable that instead of improving, 73 auditees regressed. While we welcome the 43 improved auditees, we remain concerned that a greater bulk of auditees have shown a decline. It is also concerning that the root causes, according to the AG, is that those charged with governance are either slow to implement or totally disregard audit recommendations made by the AG,” Khunou said in a statement.
The committee believed that consequence management against those that had disregarded the AG’s recommendations should be strengthened.
Furthermore, the committee was convinced that the impunity shown by managers in misspending taxpayers' resources could not continue unabated, as it had a direct impact on service delivery.