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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#AGresults Makwetu: provinces proportion of clean audits: Western Cape - 73%; Gauteng - 33%; and KZN - 30%. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 1, 2016
#AGreport Makwetu: the number of municipalities that received clean audits increased from 13 to 54. Municipal entities up to 72. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 1, 2016
#AGresults Makwetu: expenditure over the 14/15 period was R347b - municipalities with clean audit represented R134b (39%) of that figure. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 1, 2016
#AGresults Makwetu: R15bn recorded as unauthorised expenditure - threefold increase since 2011. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 1, 2016
#AGresults Makwetu: Limpopo, North West and Northern Cape provided disappointing performance. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 1, 2016