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The labour department has failed SA. It is supposed to ensure the environment is conducive to job creation and job retention, and that people are protected by the labour laws. These mandates have not been met. Almost 10-million South Africans who could be in the workplace are unable to find work, and those who are at work invariably face horrific terms and conditions that are not properly monitored or policed by the department. The auditor-general has given most of the department a negative review. Overall, it has experienced a regression in audit outcomes over the past few years. For instance, the compensation fund published financial statements that were not supported by appropriate documents, and the auditor-general was unable to express an audit opinion thereon. This has been the case for the past five years. The Unemployment Insurance Fund has experienced its fourth consecutive regression. This year, it lacked proper accounting systems and processes to accurately report on inve...

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