Makwetu: Municipal, state accountants failing to follow PFMA

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says that the levels of adherence to audit recommendations are poor.

Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu. Picture: AGSA.

CAPE TOWN - Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says many accounting officers in municipalities and state institutions are failing to follow the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), which guides the spending of public funds.

Makwetu is hosting auditors from more than 100 countries as part of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions Conference being held Cape Town.

He's told Eyewitness News that the levels of adherence to audit recommendations are poor.

"Sometimes we try to look for people and scapegoats in these things instead of addressing the issues that were really already thought through by the legislators who put together the PFMA in 1999."

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.