25 March 2019


Province winning against corruption, greed and fraud   

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 11 May 2018

North West Provincial government said it would continue to strengthen the Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Interventions strategy in quest to combat fraud, corruption and greed in the province.
Premier, Supra Mahumapelo said this when he delivered his Office of the Premier Budget Vote Speech for the 2018/2019 financial year on Tuesday. 
Mahumapelo said his government investigated all cases of irregular expenditure identified during the year under review. He further said Consequence Management was implemented within his office, where officials were found to be on the wrong side of the law.
“A total amount of R423.794 million was reported as irregular expenditure at the end of the 2017/18 financial year. However, a total amount of R23, 042 million was derecognised during 2017/2018, an amount of R8.462 million has been submitted to Provincial Treasury through the Provincial Advisory Committee on irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure for condonation and we are still awaiting an outcome.
“Fruitless and Wasteful expenditure has improved by 82%. It was R27.588 million in 2015/16 financial year and reduced to R4.987 million in 2016/17 financial year,” Mahumapelo said.
He added that accruals declined from R25.470 million in 2015/16 financial year to R11.967 in 2016/17 financial year, an improvement of 53% in total. Mahumapelo said no unauthorized expenditure has been incurred for the financial year 2017/18.
“The Office of the Premier has achieved an improved turnaround time on payments of suppliers within 30 days. Of the total number of 3 714 invoices processed during 2017/2018, 95% of them where paid within 30 days, of which 91% of that was within less than 21 days. We committed to continue with the same vigour to turn the financial management challenges in the office and improve on the audit outcomes for the current financial year.   
Mahumapelo said in the 2018/19 financial year, Office of the Premier would implement and strengthen the financial management capacity to improve efficiency and governance. 
“We will also strengthen the corporate capacity and improve performance information outcomes. Our department is also ready to implement Post Audit Action Plan recommendations, revise our Risk Management Strategy in the process to ensure effective controls and continue to manage the downward trend in the compensation of employees budget in order to release required resources for service delivery,” he said. 
Efforts to professionalise the public service will also be strengthened and this will be done by utilising R 3.2m of the budget to train staff in this office and recruit 41 interns, particularly from Villages (22), Townships (16) and Small Dorpies (3).  The Premier said his office is committed to maintaining high levels of ethics, efficiency and good governance.
“We have therefore directed the Office of the Premier to conclude all outstanding disciplinary cases by the end of December 2018. This is in order to demonstrate our commitment to deal with corruption, fraud and any unethical behaviour. We have Institutional Development Programme, which is primarily mandated to provide strategic leadership and support to all provincial departments through coordination, monitoring, evaluation and intervention in the implementation of policy frameworks, strategies and programmes related to Human Resource Strategy and Planning, Employee Wellness and Relations, Provincial Legal Advisory Services, Government Information Technology Office Communication, capacity and skills development through Ikatisong School of Governance as well as Integrity Management,” he said.