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Western Cape rated cleanest province in municipal audit, followed by Gauteng

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu announced that the Western Cape has the highest number of municipalities with clean audits (at 73%), followed by Gauteng at (33%).

Makwetu has released the audit results of the country's municipalities, and says councils with clean audits represent only 39% of the total spending by councils.

According to EWN's Barry Bateman, Makwetu says there has been an encouraging improvement of the state of finances in South African municipalities.

Makwetu assessed the figures from 2010/11 until 2014/15.

Bateman says that in 2010 only 13 municipalities had clean audits, compared to the most recent figure of 54 (out of 272 total municipalities).

Overall, the Auditor-General believes that the situation is getting better, although it's happening very slowly.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Meanwhile, irregular expenditure at municipalities has almost doubled because of unfair tender processes, Bateman explains.

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