Irregular spending by the national and provincial governments is continuing to rise‚ albeit at just 1%‚ from R45.3bn in March 2017 to R45.5bn in March this year. This is according to a report presented to a joint meeting of the standing committees on public accounts and appropriation on Wednesday by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu‚ in which he detailed the audit outcomes of more than 434 government entities for the 2017-2018 financial year. Makwetu reported that the number that received clean audit outcomes — those who accounted properly for public funds — had declined during the period under review and had been doing so for the past four years. The AG told MPs that of the 295 departments and entities that received unqualified audits‚ only 99 (or 25%) obtained such audits with no findings, while 196 were unqualified audits with findings. “The current year‚ in terms of clean audits‚ has shown an all-time low in terms of which we have only 99 from 129 departments that have clean audits‚ ...

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