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Scopa grills Correctional Services officials

Officials admitted that most projects in which consultants were used yielded no value for money.

South African Parliament. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Correctional Services Department on Wednesday admitted that most projects in which consultants were used yielded no value for money.

The department spent more than R2 billion on consultants between 2008 and 2011.

Officials had to explain this to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) in Parliament, Cape Town.

Scopa's Roy Ainslie asked the department about a costly information technology project.

"I'd like to know why this was not done."

He said no cost benefit analysis to compare the cost of providing consultants, with the option of appointing permanent staff to the department, had been performed.

National Commissioner of Correctional Services Tom Moyane admitted they made mistakes in the past.

"We can confirm that for most of the projects, there was no value for money and no transfer of skills."

According to the Auditor-General's report released earlier this year, eight national departments spent R24,6 billion on consultants over a three year period.