- Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is accused of ignoring reports on financial wasteful expenditure during her time at the Department of Water and Sanitation.
- Mokonyane apparently knew about the financial waste but did nothing about it
- She now serves as Minister of Environmental Affairs
According to findings by the Department of Water and Sanitation's internal audit committee, SA's new Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, failed to act on reports of financial mismanagement.
During her time as minister at the Department of Water and Sanitation, Mokonyane had in her possession numerous files on the department's financial maladministration, but she never acted on it.
The department had more than R6 million in irregular expenditure with little infrastructure to show for it, as reported by News24.
The chairperson of the department's internal audit committee, Japie du Plessis, handed in a huge file from September 2016 with details of the irregular spending to SCOPA (Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts).
Themba Godi, chairperson of SCOPA, stated that the file contained important info on the department's financial problems but had no info on Mokonyane's response to it.
Briefly.co.za learned that the file contains precise and detailed reports on the mismanagement, so there can't be claims of "we didn't know'.
Du Plessis stated that Mokonyane never did anything about the reports, and didn't call for any meetings to discuss the financial waste.
According to Godi, if Mokonyane reacted, the department would have been better off.
"If the previous minister Mokonyane had applied her mind to the audit committee – which succinctly painted a picture of the lack of financial controls – we would not be where we are at the moment.
This is not the first time Mokonyane is reported to have failed at her job. Briefly.co.za reported earlier on how South Africans were unhappy with her appointment as she is often accused of failing as minister.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!