Des van Rooyen’s Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs bled almost R500m in irregular expenditure as the cash-strapped South African Post Office received a qualified audit in the 2015-16 financial year. Government departments and their entities incurred billions in irregular expenditure and lost millions to fruitless and wasteful spending at a time when the state has called for belt-tightening. Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu conceded to the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Wednesday his office was encountering increasing hostility from government departments and entities that hindered his work. Van Rooyen’s department had been given an unqualified audit with findings and the Post Office received a qualified audit with findings in 2015-16, he said. The department incurred R482m in irregular expenditure. The Post Office incurred R127.1m in irregular expenditure and R7m in fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the 2015-16 financial year. The entity...

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