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Mandela prison museum gets poor marks in audit

Nelson Mandela spent 18 years imprisoned on the island

CAPE TOWN — The financial books of Robben Island Museum, which oversees the world heritage site where Nelson Mandela was jailed under apartheid, have received a red card from South Africa’s auditor general.

In an annual report given to parliament on Monday, the auditor general failed to give the museum’s books a clean bill of health, slapping them with a qualified audit.

The auditor general poked holes in the museum’s spending and record-keeping, including its failure to verify more than 76 million rands (10.8 million dollars, eight million euros) allocated to property, plant and equipment spending.

Another two million rands was cited as fruitless and wasteful expenditure, and 117,884 rands in spending was labeled irregular.

The top tourist site has been stricken by management woes in recent years. Last year, the museum’s entire council resigned.

A new chief executive is set to start in November.

The auditor general did not deliver a final opinion on the museum’s financial status last year, saying the information provided was lacking, the Cape Times reported. The year before, the museum also received a qualified audit, the paper said.

The island, declared a world heritage site in 1999, is where Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment by the apartheid state.

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