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Gauteng given thumbs up after Auditor-General audit

19 departments and public entities have achieved clean audits for 2014/2015 financial year.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Nineteen Gauteng departments and public entities have achieved clean audits for the 2014/ 2015 financial year.

Earlier today Premier David Makhura and Finance MEC Barbara Creecy released the findings of the Auditor-General's report.

Makhura says while he's pleased that financial management practices have improved in some areas, it's the responsibility of all departments to achieve clean audits.

The premier says the implementation of firm action plans has helped to strengthen financial management in some departments that have achieved clean audits.

The departments which achieved clean audits include the office of the premier, the provincial legislature, the provincial treasury and social development.

Concerns have, however, been raised about an increase in irregular expenditure in the education, transport and human settlements departments.

Makhura says provincial government has already identified some of those linked to irregular expenditures.

"MECs know, Heads of Departments know, that we are closing in on the culprits."

The premier says is the increase in irregular expenditure is mainly due to the failure to follow supply chain management procedures.

In one case, money set aside for building new houses was spent by the Human Settlements Department to fix roofs damaged by hail storms and to rectify the previous financial year's issues.