[ALERT] AG: Irregular municipal expenditure jumps by over 50%

JOHANNESBURG - Irregular expenditure has increased by just over 50% to R16.81 billion, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has revealed in his audit results of South Africa's municipalities.

The Auditor-General reported limited improvements in the audit results for the past financial year.

A total of 49 out of 263 municipalities received clean audit opinions for the 2015/2016 financial year.

Makwetu says that there have been marginal improvements in the audit results but overall, local government has failed to maintain the promising five-year momentum gained between 2010 and 2015.

The provinces with the highest proportion of municipalities with clean audit opinions are the Western Cape (80%), Kwazulu Natal (18%) and the Eastern Cape (16%).

Although Gauteng continued to perform well, only the Midvaal Municipality could hold onto its clean audit status.

Makwetu has highlighted the importance of accountability in the management of municipal affairs.

Makwetu says there's still a long way to go to ensure the majority of municipalities perform well.

“An average of about 20% of the 263 municipalities can be classified as having robust and strong financial discipline. This means we have a big challenge to push the same level of discipline to the 80% who don’t have it in place.”


This article first appeared on EWN : [ALERT] AG: Irregular municipal expenditure jumps by over 50%


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Sanef: Unsubstantiated claims against journos dangerous

Sanef: Unsubstantiated claims against journos dangerous

A video has emerged of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, where she mentions journalists, saying they were doing the work of the apartheid security establishment.

MultiChoice: ANN7 to be taken off DStv

MultiChoice: ANN7 to be taken off DStv

During a briefing on Wednesday, CEO Calvo Mawela made the announcement.

SSA confirms case opened over Jacques Pauw book

SSA confirms case opened over Jacques Pauw book

Jacques Pauw's book contains allegations against President Jacob Zuma relating to corruption and irregularities with his tax affairs.

ConCourt rules new homeowners not liable for historical debt

ConCourt rules new homeowners not liable for historical debt

Several municipalities including Tshwane, eThekwini and Ekurhuleni argued in the case brought by several property owners.

Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa's old associate was given Eskom top job

Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa's old associate was given Eskom top job

#GuptaLeaks show that the family received Collin Matjila’s CV shortly before he was appointed acting CEO at Eskom in 2014.

Bail applications for OR Tambo heist suspects postponed

Bail applications for OR Tambo heist suspects postponed

The six will appear on different dates over the next week.

Popular articles
Land expropriation can succeed if no productive land is taken – Land Bank

Land expropriation can succeed if no productive land is taken – Land Bank

The process must also be corruption free, the bank said. Bruce Whitfield interviews Land Bank CEO TP Nchocho.

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

Two white callers, Matt and Stephanie, disagreed on how white people should respond to apartheid as Eusebius McKaiser facilitated.

More than 30% of students go hungry

More than 30% of students go hungry

Dr Stephen Devereux says a large number of black students are more vulnerable than their white counterparts.

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

Khabazela shares some tweets, Facebook posts and videos that have gone viral.

Zondo Commission into state capture to start hearings today

Zondo Commission into state capture to start hearings today

Day 1 of the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture will officially begin on Monday.