The National Treasury has been reprimanded by Scopa for its botched plan to upgrade government IT systems, reported BusinessLive.

The Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) was meant to be implemented in 2005, but is still not operational.

This is despite over R1 billion being invested in the initial phase of its development.

Trevor Andrew Manuel is a South African politician who served in the government of South Africa as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2009, during the presidencies of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, and subsequently as Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission from 2009 to 2014 under President Jacob Zuma

Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane admitted the first phase of the system was never completed, despite the funding.

The IFMS was set to replace aging technologies, improve service delivery, and increase security across government departments.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said a team would be appointed to conduct an investigation into the funding and implementation of the IFMS.

He said the department would report back to Scopa when the investigation was complete.