Committee Lashes Department
The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities has received a lashing from members of the Standing Committee on Appropriations for overspending by R22.8 million in the 2011/12 financial year.
Most of the overspending was as a result of compensation of employees, catering and travelling. “We are expecting the Department’s spending to be on programmes on women, children and people with disabilities but the bulk of the budget has been of compensation of employees and catering,” said Mr Elliot Sogoni, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Appropriations.
Members of the Committee grilled the Department management; questioning the Department’s rationale behind appointing employees on higher notches and appointing people outside the Department’s organogram. The Auditor General also raised concerns about financial irregularities, including procurement of goods and services from suppliers with no tax clearance.
The National Treasury has been requested to intervene and assist the Department to deal with mismanagement of its funds and try to find underlying issues that have caused the Department to overspend its budget.
“The National Treasury has already met with the accounting officer of the Department to raise some concerns. We were assured by the Department that they will try and spend within the budget,” said Mr George Tembo, Director of Public Finance at the National Treasury.
by Faith Kwaza