There is a growing culture of underspending in the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department.
Cogta spent only 86% of its budget allocation in the last financial year compared to 97.4% the year before.
This was revealed in the department’s annual report for the 2016-17 financial year, which shows the it underspent on its municipal infrastructure grants (MIG) and disaster management, while also recording R6.7-million in irregular expenditure and R5.5-million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
The auditor-general of the province said Cogta had also incurred R71.78-million in irregular expenditure accumulated over a number of years, which had yet to be accounted for.
Cogta spokesman Mamnkeli Ngam said R5.96-million of the irregular expenditure “is due to Cogta not being represented in the bid committee for the construction of the disaster management centre by the department of roads and public works [DRPW].
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