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AfriForum lays charge against former Health head

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“The complaints against the heads of departments are based on their alleged financial mismanagement under the above-mentioned Act.”

Picture: Danie van der Lith

CIVIL rights organisation AfriForum yesterday filed criminal charges against Nomathemba Mazibuko, the former acting head of the Northern Cape Department of Health, at the Kimberley police station as part of its national campaign against financial mismanagement in the health sector.

This follows after AfriForum studied the Northern Cape Department of Health’s annual report and found that Mazibuko was, in its opinion, guilty of violations in terms of Section 86 (1) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999).

AfriForum spokesperson, Lize-Mari Smit (pictured), said yesterday that the organisation would be visiting all nine provinces between November 5 and 9 2018, during which criminal charges would be filed against the heads of each provincial Department of Health.

“AfriForum believes that the abuse of taxpayers’ money is a national crisis. It is time for taxpayers to put pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to make examples of heads of departments who do not comply with their duties, as contained in the Act. They are among the biggest offenders in the misappropriation of taxpayers’ money,” Smit said.

“The Northern Cape Health Department’s annual report indicates that the department incurred irregular expenditure of R574 million in the 2016/17 financial year. The department also incurred unauthorised spending of R51.5 million, and fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R10.5 million in the 2016/17 financial year. Irregular expenditure is all expenses that are inconsistent with the Act’s instructions. Unauthorised expenditure is all expenses incurred and contradicts the approved budget. Fruitless and wasteful expenditure is expenses incurred in vain and could be prevented if reasonable precautions were taken. This excessive spending could be avoided if Mazibuko obeyed her duties.

“The complaints against the heads of departments are based on their alleged financial mismanagement under the above-mentioned Act.”

They must prevent irregular, unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful spending and keep guilty parties liable. The heads of departments let the taxpayers down when they fail to fulfil their duties.

“AfriForum wishes to encourage the public to place the necessary pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority by sending an SMS with their name to 45344 (R1) or signing the complaints on AfriForum’s website at www.stopkorrupsie.co.za,” she concluded.