I’m addressing the issues the AG raised: Sisulu

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu says she is addressing the issues raised by the Auditor General (AG) in his annual report of the Department of Defence (DoD).

The report is contained in the DoD`s own annual report that was made available to Members of Parliament yesterday but is not yet in the public domain.

The opposition Democratic Alliance yesterday said AG`s report has found a possible irregular expenditure of R2.9-billion on the procurement of the Airbus A400M military transport for the South African Air Force.

Elsewhere in the annual report, DA defence shadow minister David Maynier said the AG found R118.473 million in irregular expenses and R4.587 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure. A further R200 million paid to consultants was unverifiable.

Sisulu, in an overnight statement responded that she has been attending to the identified challenges ever since her appointment in May. She added that a process was “underway to overhaul the procurement and corporate governance systems to ensure compliance with the Public Finance and Management Act, all treasury regulations and value for money.”

This included appointing a new Chief Financial Officer for the DoD as well as a new Secretary of Defence.

“The appointment of the CFO supported by financial experts will strengthen our procurement and accountability capabilities and also ensure that our procurement and financial departments are stabilised”, Sisulu said in the statement.

Her spokesman, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, added that an advertisement had been placed for a new Secretary of Defence – the incumbent January Masilela died in a car crash in August 2008 – and that the applications were being evaluated.

Pic: Minister of Defence and Military Veterans- Lindiwe Sisulu