ANC blamed for WC consultant debacle

The Western Cape premier says 29 of the 31 contracts were awarded by the ANC before 2009.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Parliament on Thursday scrutinised the auditor general's report on the use of consultants.

The document revealed that R10,3 billion was spent on consultants between 2008 and 2011.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the majority of the audited contracts were awarded before her administration took office in May 2009.

A team from the auditor general's office is briefing the provincial Standing Committee on Public Accounts this afternoon.

According to the report, the health and public works departments spent the most on consultants.

Together, they account for R9,2 billion of the R10,3 billion spent.

Zille says 29 of the 31 contracts audited were awarded by the ANC before 2009.

She says the contracts were legally binding and could not be terminated.

The premier further claims the report is open to misinterpretation because the term consultants include contractors and service providers.