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South Africa Audit Chief Concerned How Virus Funds Were Spent

  • Auditor-General probed spending of direct virus relief funds
  • Indicators of high risk of fraud, abuse, Auditor-General says
Residents queue to speak to a health worker during a screening in Rustenburg, South Africa on April 7.

Residents queue to speak to a health worker during a screening in Rustenburg, South Africa on April 7.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa’s government spent almost half of the 147.4 billion rand ($8.8 billion) in direct funds allocated for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by the end of July, money the country’s Auditor-General says landed in a “weak control environment.”

The first audit report on the financial management of the government’s virus response comes as a graft scandal related to the procurement of personal protective and medical equipment engulfs the nation.