Govt welcomes audit results, agrees to work on spending

The Auditor-General’s report shows R25.7 bn in irregular spending & R936m in fruitless & wasteful expenditure.

FILE. Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. Picture: AGSA.

JOHANNESBURG - Government has welcomed the improved audit results released on Wednesday, but agrees that more work needs to be done when it comes to spending.

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu's report showed that there was R25.7 billion in irregular spending and R936 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

But there was a slight improvement in several departments.

Eleven national departments reflected clean audits, including the Presidency, energy, trade and industry and the public service commission.

Makwetu says departments need to urgently address spending habits.

"And within that, what could be in the future is to see real action from leadership, and making sure that the pronouncements made by the finance minister are accelerated."