- While Panyaza Lesufi is a favourite among citizens, his department has managed to head in the opposite direction
- The Gauteng Education MEC confirmed that his department had recorded R1.2 billion in irregular expenditure
- However, the politician was adamant that he was overseeing the situation with an eye towards remedying it
Panyaza Lesufi recently had some explaining to do after an investigation into tender irregularities found that proper financial controls had not been put in place.
The Department of Education for the Gauteng province received reports on a staggering R1.2 billion in irregular expenditure.
Lesufi says that improvements would be made as far as the weaknesses in controls were concerned, confirming that the 'bulk of the expenditure' related to a school nutrition tender that was set to expire soon.
The findings put forward by the Auditor General of South Africa were being implemented and progress reports were being made, according to the MEC.
SowetanLIVE reports that the Auditor General had also found questionable expenditure in another tender, this time for school furniture.
Commenting on this particular instance, Lesufi had explained why the AGSA had taken issue with the contract:
“This tender was for a pre-qualified list of service providers and after rigorous testing by the AGSA, it was found that there was one service provider that was unfairly disqualified from the list."
In a bid to remedy the situation, Lesufi says that the department is seeking out ways to include the supplier in what he dubbed a 'fairly new' tender.
Briefly.co.za reported that Lesufi had been recalled back to his post as head of the Education Department after being deployed to another position.
The public outcry over the move had been widespread, with numerous citizens demanding his swift return.
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