Bosman Grobler MPL
DA spokesperson on SCOPA:
The Select Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), today met with the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation (DCSR) to consider the department’s response on preliminary questions, as well as the implementation of SCOPA resolutions for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
Similar to other departments meeting with SCOPA, the DCSR eluded accountability and failed to compile an accurate report on various aspects in its responses. During the questioning by members it became apparent that the reports were not based on facts, and many of the disclosures were only made after they were flagged by the Auditor General (AG).
The inadequate responses from the department were due to reasons such as;
- The department’s failure to include irregular expenditure in the financial statements that were submitted to the AG
- The absence of measures to ensure that financial statements are prepared according to prescribed reporting frameworks
- Responses not corresponding to questions
- Failure to institute steps and to produce a progress report on matters raised
Again, like many departments before, the committee sent the DCSR back to prepare a report that meets the standard expected by SCOPA and put controls in place for the department to have sound financial management.
SCOPA has been sitting tirelessly for the past 3 weeks, but has been unable to make any progress due to the poor quality of reports. This leaves the DA extremely concerned about the growing trend for departments to snub SCOPA enquiries in an effort to avoid accountability.
The provincial government should be the custodian of clean governance and accountability, yet its continued failure to allow itself to be held accountable festers a breeding ground for corruption.
The DA calls on this ANC-led government to treat all SCOPA enquiries with the seriousness they deserve. It is unacceptable that some department have yet to implement resolutions from as far back as 2009 while other departments are continuously sent back for giving inadequate answers.
SCOPA cannot move forward until the provincial departments fulfil their mandate and implement recommendations by the committee. Until there is clean, transparent and accountable governance, the citizens of Mpumalanga will continue to suffer.