The Democratic Alliance has called for the trustees of the South
African National Aids Trust, including Deputy President Jacob
Zuma and Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, to appear
before Parliament's health portfolio committee to account for the
The call comes after an Auditor-General's report, tabled last
week, found the trust's budgets were not submitted to the board
of trustees, as required in terms of the Public Finance
Management Act. Its monthly and quarterly reports on income and
revenue were not provided.
The AG passed a qualified audit opinion on the trust's financial
His audit report also found the trust's operational activities
during the 2003/04 financial year were "limited", and there was a
"lack of monitoring and active involvement by trustees".
In a statement on Tuesday, DA health spokesperson Ryan Coetzee
said he had formally requested the trustees "be called before the
portfolio committee to account for the activities of the trust in
light of the AG's scathing report".
"It is quite clear that the trust is being run abysmally, and
that the trustees are quite simply not doing their jobs properly,
or at all.
"The trust was established in 2002, and it administers 'moneys
obtained by way of donations, grants, loans or subsidies' to be
used in the campaign against HIV/Aids.
"The trustees are the deputy president, the minister of health,
the minister of social development (Zola Skweyiya) and Ms MK
Matsau, who was the trust's acting accounting authority."
The AG's report had also revealed "fruitless and wasteful
expenditure, to an amount of R571 114 was incurred by renting
premises that were not utilised for a period starting from
February 1, 2003 to date (July 29, 2004)".
This had not been disclosed in the annual financial statements as
required by the National Treasury.
"Considering the importance of the trust's role in the fight
against HIV/Aids, this state of affairs cannot be allowed to
continue," Coetzee said.