AG highlights lack of financial skills in govt.

Auditor General Kimi Makwetu's highlighted the lack of financial skills in government.

The newly appointed auditor-general Thembekile Kimi Makwetu. Picture: AGSA

CAPE TOWN - Auditor General Kimi Makwetu's highlighted the lack of financial skills in government departments.

Makwetu says 93 percent of government departments have been unable to comply with financial legislation and prescripts.

He was briefing Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on last year's general audit findings.

Government departments notched up R2,4 billion in irregular spending last year.

Makwetu says there has been limited progress in government departments' long journey to clean audits.

"We've come to an overall conclusion that there's about 93 percent of national departments that have not been able to comply with legislation."

A lack of financial skills is part of the problem.

"People are doing functions in financial administration that, sometimes there's evidence, they do not have the minimum competencies required to do."

Makwetu says unless this is reversed there's little chance of major improvement.