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Gauteng, WC get 'clean sheets' in AG's audit report

Gauteng & the Western Cape have been singled out as leading the charge in reaching clean audits.

According to Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu’s report, 78 percent of departments and entities audited in the Western Cape achieved clean audit outcomes. Picture: AGSA.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng and the Western Cape have been singled out as leading the charge in reaching clean audits.

According to Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu's report, 78 percent of departments and entities audited in the Western Cape achieved clean audit outcomes.

While most provinces improved, Limpopo and the North West Province had the poorest results.

Makwetu says, "If you look at the picture emerging in the Western Cape in relation to the number of clean audits they got, from 11 they're sitting on 18 now, followed by Gauteng, with a number close to that."

The report covers the audit outcomes of all national and provincial departments and entities for the 2013 to 2014 financial year.

It includes 165 departments and 304 public entities, with a total budgeted expenditure of R1,035 trillion.

Meanwhile, Makwetu says key service delivery departments, which account for 37 percent of government's spending, are failing the audit test.

Fifteen departments in the health, education and public works sectors have received qualified or disclaimed opinions.

The Auditor-General expressed concern over departments in the health, education and public works sectors, all poor performers.

"Where it matters most is whether these same resources and these funds are being protected in the areas that are about making sure they have direct contact with the citizen in respect to the delivery of services."

Irregular expenditure also remains a concern at a whopping R62,7 billion in the year under review.

On Wednesday, it was revealed 469 national and provincial departments as well as public entities have been scrutinised by the Auditor-General this year.