24 November 2022
Government welcomes the the Auditor General (AG), Tsakani Maluleke’s 2021/2022 Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) audit outcomes of national and provincial government, which were released under the theme ‘A culture of accountability will improve service delivery’.
The audit outcomes have shown a gradual upward trend with 114 auditees now having a better audit outcome than in 2018/19, and overall net improvement in the outcomes of 68 auditees. Government is particularly encouraged that 69 auditees have managed to retain their clean audit status since the last year of the previous administration. Furthermore, 30 auditees were reportedly very close to obtaining a clean audit, and only needed to address one finding on the quality of their financial statements.
The provincial audit outcomes have also shown a gradual progress with 47 auditees having improved, and 11 auditees having regressed over this period, with the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal showing significant improvement.
It is acknowledged that while progress has been made by some departments and entities, there is still more work that needs to be done. Government has noted areas that require attention, especially in key service delivery portfolios and state-owned enterprises and assures of its commitment to building a capable, cooperative, accountable and responsive institutions to deliver on its mandate.
GCIS Director General, Phumla Williams, said: “Government is encouraged by some successes recorded in recovering or preventing financial losses, and strengthening internal controls. This is a result of measures put in place by the political and administrative leadership, to enhance the powers of the Auditor General’s office. Achieving clean audit opinions is not impossible.”
Issued by: Government Communication and Information System
Media Statement date:
Thursday, November 24, 2022