Home Affairs receives qualified audit

The Department of Home Affairs had R301 million in unauthorised expenditure in 2012/2013.

The Department of Home Affairs received a qualified audit opinion for the second year in a row. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Home Affairs on Thursday received a qualified audit opinion for the second year in a row.

Officials briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on its 2012/2013 annual report in Cape Town.

In 2011 and under the leadership of then minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the department received its first clean audit in 16 years.

Over the past financial year, the department achieved only 13 of its 51 targets.

Around 21 targets were partially achieved.

The department had R301 million in unauthorised expenditure.

One Member of Parliament (MP) said the department was "slipping".

The Democratic Alliance's Manny de Freitas agreed.

"To say that we are disappointed is an understatement."

Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said the committee's comments were fair.

"The expectation for us was that we don't get a qualification. We really understand the position of the members and we are taking it seriously."