But Makwetu warned that the R51bn did not include the irregular expenditure of R28.4bn in state-owned entities.
He said the situation would be more dire once he had included other SOEs. Out of the total of R51bn in irregular expenditure, R23.6bn was from 10 departments nationally and in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and North West.
Makwetu said the top 10 departments responsible for this were the Department of Transport in KwaZulu-Natal, with irregular expenditure of R5.4bn; followed by Water Trading Entity at R4.5bn; and the Department of Roads and Transport in Gauteng at R2bn.
Makwetu stated in his report that the reason for the irregular expenditure was departments flouting the tender process leading to the increase in irregular expenditure.