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Flood relief: SA is not a substitute for self-enrichment

President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent a stern warning to government agencies and businesses providing goods and services that South Africa will not stand up to self-sufficiency at the expense of those in need – following catastrophic floods in parts of the country. country.

The President said this at a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of the Provinces on Tuesday.

This came as a result of concerns that government funding to provide the necessary response to the disaster to the affected citizens of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape would be unduly wasted or wasted.

“We need to make sure all the money we use to deal with the disaster is spent efficiently.

“It is a great source of shame that when this disaster occurred, the most burning public debate was surrounding fears that the funds set aside to deal with the disaster would be misappropriated or wasted.

“This shows how tired the people of South Africa are of corruption.

“This is a strict reminder to all governments and businesses that provide goods and services that the people of South Africa will not stand up for self-enrichment at the expense of those who have already lost so much,” he said.

The president’s speech comes after 435 people died in KwaZulu-Natal as a result of the devastating rains – including 58 students and an instructor. About 54 people are still missing and unknown, and more than 5,700 homes have been completely damaged.

In the Eastern Cape, at least two people have been killed in the floods – three have been injured and some 1,000 people have been devastated by houses and other losses.

The chairman said a number of measures are being taken to strengthen oversight and accountability.

“The Inspector General will work with the National Treasury to conduct real-time audits of flood relief funds.

“This will provide an independent assurance that public money has been properly accounted for and used for its intended purpose.

“The purpose of these audits is to prevent, detect and report findings to ensure an immediate response to prevent leakage, possible fraud and waste.

“They prepare accounting officers and accounting authorities to act quickly on weaknesses in controls and prevent further losses. They also allow for immediate monitoring and dealing with the consequences, ”he said.

The president said the National Treasury is also tightening reporting requirements for disaster relief spending.

“In order to improve follow-up and ensure greater transparency, details of public institutions’ procurement of disasters will be published on the Treasury’s website, allowing for public scrutiny of these procurement transactions.” – SAnews.gov.za

Flood relief: SA is not a substitute for self-enrichment

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