DA welcomes hearings into excessive use of consultants

Glenda Steyn MPL

Spokesperson for Public Accounts

The DA welcomes the announcement that public hearings will be held into the Auditor General’s report on the use of consultants by selected government departments. Both the Gauteng Shared Services Centre and the Department of Health were audited.

During a briefing to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts today (SCOPA), the Office of the Auditor-General noted numerous irregularities and omissions in appointment and performance of consultants since the 2008/9 financial year.

SCOPA chairperson Mbongeni Radebe announced that public hearings would be conducted, at a date yet to be announced, over the implementation of the AG’s recommendations to departments and progress made.

While the DA recognises the importance of partnering with consultants to provide for peoples’ needs, the exorbitant expenditure on consultants points to a lack of suitably qualified and skilled government personnel in many instances.

The promised public hearings will afford the Committee the opportunity to probe deeper into the issues identified by the AG.

The DA will participate vigorously in the hearings, and use every avenue possible to ensure decisive action against accounting officers particularly in the instances when the recommendations of the AG have not been fully actioned.