NO PROGRESS IN PAST THREE YEARS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN DEPTS TO OBTAIN CLEAN AUDITS

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has told Parliament that the move for Douth Africa's national and provincial departments to obtain clean audits has remained static over a three-year period.

Briefing Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the audit outcomes of national and provincial departments here Wednesday, he said: "It is clear that there is a fairly static movement, if one looks at the departments overall. One notable fact is that in terms of the unqualified with no findings [audits], the percentage is starting to decline from where it was the previous year, comparing 2014 to 2015."

The Auditor-General's briefing is a precursor to the release of his consolidated report later this month. In his presentation, the Auditor-General said while departments were slow to improve, with a slight regression from the 2014/15 financial year, public entity outcomes were improving.

Out of the 169 departments which were audited in the year under review (2015/16), 44, or 26 per cent, obtained clean audits, which is a regression compared with the previous year. During the 2014/15 financial year, of the 166 departments audited, 48, or 29 per cent, received clean audits.

In another category, 53 per cent of the departments received an unqualified audit opinion with findings for both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years, meaning there was no change.

About 17 per cent received qualified audit opinions for both years.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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