Gauteng Premier’s office underspends, faces lawsuits

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane claims progress in accounting standards, but the Auditor-General has criticised her own office for under-spending and uncertainties relating to lawsuits.

According to the Auditor-General’s recently released 2012/13 report, the premier’s office underspent R9.9 million and did not achieve all the objectives of its Policy and Governance programme. The main reason for under-spending is that more than 100 posts are unfilled.

Furthermore, “the department is the defendant in various lawsuits. The ultimate outcome of the matters cannot presently be determined and no provision for any liability that may result has been made in the financial statements.”

Four cases amounting to R6.374 million are currently following the legal process. The office is being sued for breach of contract amounting to R1.7 million, and three summons were received for services allegedly renderer totalling R4.6 million.

It is very disturbing that Mokonyane’s office is still not fully staffed even as she nears the end of her term of office. This is why monitoring and oversight of other departments has suffered, and anti-corruption measures are weak.

It’s a poor record as the ANC in Gauteng heads into the next election.