The implementation of the Public Audit Amendment Act allows the Auditor General to act upon persons who have authorized and allowed illegal and fraudulent expenses.
Until the Act’s acceptance, officials and even high political figures simply resigned before they could be punished. But however with the new act, lost money can now be recovered from the offender concerned, but there is concern about its practical implementation.
A lawyer mentioned that the problem arose when a large amount of money was involved and the offender became unemployed because of his offense, the money can not be recovered, and in many cases it will be refunded drop-off.
He is of the opinion that high-profile officials should also be imprisoned with the repayments, which will at least ensure that such a criminal offender not only passes in a subsequent senior post.
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