“Our core purpose is to fulfill our constitutional mandate and, in doing so, have a meaningful impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable persons and ultimately on society. I am satisfied that we have used our resources efficiently and effectively to achieve this,” Legal Aid SA CEO Vidhu Vedalankar said in a statement. “We are also pleased that we managed to deliver our programmes within our budget.”The organisation spent 98.1% of its R1.638 billion budget allocated for the past year according to Vedelankar.
“The nature of the impact matters ensure that, despite the low volumes, the outcomes impact is more broadl than just the specific clients assisted. These matters ensure that clients’ constitutional rights are enforced or protected and legal precedents, impacting widely on our clients’ rights, have been achieved.”Legal Aid SA has continued to work within a framework of rigorous financial management and good governance, resulting in its 14th unqualified audit.
"We are very proud of an award from the Office of the Auditor-General of South Africa commending the organisation’s clean audit status," said Vedalankar.