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Parliament, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is concerned with the ability of the Department of Correctional Services to properly manage its finances, taking into account the fact that it appears to be bankrupt. The department used its entire budget for the year and as a result it is unable to pay accruals to the amount of R134m to suppliers.

The Committee held a follow up hearing with the department this evening to get answers on irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, accruals and payables after the department had not been able to provide answers to Scopa last week. After this evening’s hearing the Committee is also concerned with the slow pace of investigations on cases of irregular expenditure amounting to R494m.

Scopa is also disappointed with the State Information Technology Agency’s (SITA) inability to fulfil its legal mandate of providing leadership to government on information technology procurement. The R34m spent on the RDOMS programme is in large measure a result of SITA’s failure to provide proper project management.

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF SCOPA, MR THEMBA GODI

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