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Makwetu: State compliance with recommendations not at acceptable level

Makwetu will table audit outcomes for state institutions for the 2015/2016 financial year next month.

Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu. Picture: AGSA.

CAPE TOWN - Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu warns that adherence to audit recommendations by many state agencies is not at an acceptable level.

Makwetu spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions conference being held in Cape Town.

The Auditor-General will table audit outcomes for state institutions for the 2015/2016 financial year next month.

Makwetu told Eyewitness News his office has come across instances of municipalities or state institutions reporting irregular expenditure for seven consecutive years.

He says there are significant levels of tardiness in addressing issues.

"If we're reporting the same thing that arises from the similar set of circumstances in an audit, then somebody sitting in that institution is not doing what they are supposed to do."

Makwetu says action has to be taken against failing accounting officers.

"We can't give up on a public institution that's got an accountability to do this thing. You've got to insist on the consequences for not doing the right thing meted out by those that charged with government."

The Auditor-General warns the systematic occurrence of irregular and wasteful expenditure will not be prevented if issues raised in previous reports are not addressed.

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