- Feb 24, 2016
Several months ago, in the course of continued investigation and analysis of Gauteng’s monthly Covid-19 Expenditure Disclosure Reports, and in particular while looking into the wasteful expenditure on “fumigation services” (What the Fog?) Maverick Citizen spotted what we believed to be a rudimentary mathematical error, but one with multimillion-rand implications.
We noticed that each month the Treasury was treating the cumulative expenditure figure of what it was paying the six wannabe cleaning companies to “fumigate” Gauteng’s public buildings as new expenditure and then adding it to the next month’s totals (see letter below). As a result, what was actually an expenditure of R117-million by the end of January 2021 (itself an amount that ought to bring the SIU running in) was reported as expenditure of R377-million.
These numbers were ratified by the department and fed through to the National Treasury, which claims to be the overseers of public expenditure.
The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) and the Gauteng provincial treasury have admitted they misreported expenditure by a quarter of a billion rand and no one noticed — until Maverick Citizen did. How deep really is the rot in public finances and their oversight?