Scopa condemns wasteful expenditure

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says some officials treat public funds as if it’s some sort of inheritance.

File: Former Health officials inspect the construction site of a Soweto hospital. Picture: Sapa

SOWETO - The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Thursday said the country's public funds were being wasted through corruption and poor planning.

The committee made the comments following an inspection at the Zola Hospital in Soweto.

Construction at the site started in 2005 and was meant to be completed in just two years.

But the facility is still under construction.

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi slammed government departments for hiring people with no skills to fill senior positions.

"They are people who treat public funds as if it's some inheritance."

Godi said contractor Ilima Joint Venture was also to blame for the delay in the construction of the Soweto hospital.

Government had initially allocated R300 million for the project, but ended up paying more than R800 million.

Godi said the money could have been better used.