Office of the Public Protector gets thumbs-up from auditor-general

Office of the Public Protector gets thumbs-up from auditor-general

- The Office of the Public Protector has received a flattering review on its financial health and management

- While Fikile Mashao, senior manager at the auditor-general's office, says the institution is not 'clean yet', improvements have been made

- In her presentation to the Justice and Constitutional Development Committee, Mashao noted no irregular expenditure had been recorded for the financial period in question

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office has received a glowing financial review from the auditor-general.

TimesLIVE reports that Fikile Mashao had applauded improvements made in the quality of performance, record-keeping and overall compliance.

The senior manager responsible for the public protector's office said that irregular expenditure for the financial year reviewed had been non-existent.

Fruitless expenditure had been reduced from R1.4 million (for the previous financial year) to R2 400.

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The small amount had been linked to contractors not being paid within the prescribed 30-day period, something Mashao says has been greatly improved in comparison with the previous year:

"There have been major strides to pay invoices within 30 days. There were some financial issues with the entity but there is monitoring from the CFO's office to make sure that invoices are paid within 30 days from the receipt of the invoice."

These improvements were attributed to filling key positions and proper record-keeping gathered.

While Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently facing a DA-lead call for her removal over her alleged incompetence, it appears as if her entity has managed to keep its finances under tight control.

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