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Scopa members visit EC, KZN home affairs offices

The oversight visit was planned after Auditor General gave the department a disclaimer of audit opinion.

Picture: dha.gov.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is checking up on the Department of Home Affairs offices in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The oversight visit was planned after the Auditor General gave the department a disclaimer of audit opinion when it had received an unqualified audit the previous year.

Committee chairperson Themba Godi says part of the problem is inadequate information technology systems and a lack of proper financial controls in regional offices.

"It is a shocking reality that at a local level the staff dealing with the finances are your ordinary staff without any special skills, which obviously compounds a problem around accountability and cash management."

The committee will report back to the National Assembly on its findings and recommendations.

In November, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu announced " steady improvements" in the 2014 audit outcomes of national and provincial government departments and entities.

However, the health, education and public works sectors were singled out as needing the most attention.

National and provincial departments and their entities were audited.

Of the 469 departments and entities, 25 percent received clean audits.

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

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