6 November 2018. AfriForum lays charges against Mpumalanga Department of Health for misappropriation of more than R5 billion.
AfriForum laid criminal charges against Savera Mohangi, Head of the Mpumalanga Department of Health, today as part of its national campaign against misappropriation in the public health sector. This follows after the organisation studied the Department’s annual report and found that Mohangi was guilty of offences in terms of Section 86(1) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999). AfriForum will visit all nine provinces between 5 and 9 November 2018, during which criminal charges will be laid against the heads of each Provincial Department of Health. “AfriForum is of the opinion that the misuse of taxpayers’ money is a national crisis,” says Hennie Bekker, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Lowveld. “It is time that taxpayers put pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority to make examples of heads of departments who do not fulfil their duties as prescribed by the Act. They are some of the biggest perpetrators in the misuse of taxpayers’ money,” adds Bekker. The Mpumalanga Department of Health’s annual report indicates that the Department incurred irregular expenditures of R5 billion in the 2016/2017 financial year. The department also incurred fruitless and wasteful expenditures of R2,3 million in the 2016/2017 financial year. This is by far the biggest misappropriation by any one of the departments of health in the nine provinces. Irregular expenditures are all expenses that are inconsistent with what the Act prescribes. Unauthorised expenditures are all expenses incurred contrary to the approved budget. Fruitless and wasteful expenditures are expenses made in vain and that could have been prevented if reasonable precaution had been taken. This excessive expenditure could have been prevented if Mohangi fulfilled her duties. “The charges against the department heads are based on alleged financial misappropriation in terms of the above-mentioned Act. They must prevent irregular, fruitless, wasteful and unauthorised expenditures and must hold guilty parties accountable. The department heads let taxpayers down by failing to fulfil their duties,” Bekker concludes.