Govt. welcomes Auditor-General's criticism
Government says it welcoms Auditor-General Terence Nombeme's latest criticism.
JOHANNESBURG - The government on Thursday said it welcomed Auditor-General Terence Nombembe's latest criticism.
However, government said it cannot act like a cowboy to fix its problems because it must follow procedures.
Nombembe warned that the situation in government had become dire.
He said many officials were not accountable and warnings were being ignored.
"The main problem stems from a shortage of competent people to do the work and impunity for those who fail to deliver. Fundamental controls are not intact."
Nombembe said not enough is being done and internal controls are weakening.
"If this becomes a pattern or a norm, it could lead us to a situation that is undesirable."
Business Day editor Peter Bruce said the Auditor-General is talking about the early stages of a failed state.
But government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi denied the claim.
"Government has to act like a democratic state."