Social Development incurs over R15 billion in unauthorised expenditure in 2019/2020

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The National Treasury says the Department of Social Development has incurred R15.134 billion in unauthorised expenditure since the 2019/2020 financial year.

National Treasury officials were making their presentation to members of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa)  is conducting an oversight visit at National Treasury in Pretoria.

Members of Parliament have heard that the unauthorised expenditure followed the president’s declaration of a COVID-19 National State of Disaster and the subsequent announcements on grants that were not budgeted for.

“This was not a function of negligence on the part of the department but on emergency response required and for that reason, we recommend that this unauthorised expenditure be financed as a direct charge against the national revenue fund and this is because it was already budgeted for within that financial year and not an error on the part of the department,” says Public Finance Director at National Treasury Pebetsi Maleka.