When it comes to completing investigations into corruption and mismanagement, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial treasury appears to be having a problem with the reports that their investigators write up.
A report presented to the provincial standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday revealed that not only were the provincial treasury’s investigators coming up short on writing coherent reports, but external investigators and auditors were also falling short that their reports were being sent back to them.
A 2011, an investigation by the provincial treasury into “irregularities regarding the ghost employees – head count” at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial education department was outsourced.
According to the report presented to Scopa, the four reports of 500 pages were reviewed twice and sent back to the service provider for corrections.
In another provincial treasury investigation, into allegations of fraud and mismanagement involving the education department’s schools nutrition programme that was instituted in 2014, the report by the outsourced service provider was so bad, that the provincial treasury had to allocate two officials to help them complete the report.
Another 2014 investigation into supply chain irregularities at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements saw senior provincial treasury officials hold three meetings with the service provider over the poor quality of their reports.
The names of the three service providers are not mentioned in the report that was presented to Scopa and a copy of which is in ANA’s possession.
A 2012 investigation into the submission of fake qualifications by education department officials was done by the provincial treasury itself. That 500-page report had to be sent back to the provincial treasury investigator twice and is still not completed.
Another 2012 investigation into the procurement of desks, cleaning and security services for the education department in northern KwaZulu-Natal also suffered a similar fate, where a final report has yet to be generated because the provincial treasury’s own investigator had generated a poor quality report for review.
A report on a 2010 provincial treasury investigation was so bad, that the investigator’s boss took matters into his own hands.
“Delays experienced on this investigation is due to the poor quality report issued for review. After two detailed reviews, the chief director took a decision to rewrite the report with the investigator,” was the comment written for that report.
– African News Agency