The Auditor-General's office is responsible for monitoring municipalities finances and reporting on where performance levels fall short.
In his latest report, the A-G found that of 263 municipalities, 49 municipalities achieved clean audits. He said irregular expenditure in local municipalities has increased by just over 50% over the past year, to R16.81 billion.
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu talks to Redi Tlhabi about the latest report on municipalities.
Our report is a reflection of the gap between what they are expected to do in order to be regarded as credible handlers of public funds. This is what we are reporting - which is pointing a finger at a number of areas that introduce risk for those that want to abuse public funds.— Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu
He explains that they are not an investigating unit. They rather report the findings where expectations for certain levels of performance were or were not met and set out the categories.
Irregular expenditure is one of the categories of undesirable practices.
Makwetu talks about the municipalities in various provinces that are performing well, badly and those who sit in the middle.
In spite of the good effort of the others, there are many of them that have continued to do badly when it comes to transparent financial management and reporting.— Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu
80% of Western Cape municipalities had a clean audit.
While all Gauteng audits were unqualified, Makwetu says the major issue is they have not followed the instruction to implement recommendations like the supply chain management regulations.
It does not paint a rosy picture.— Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu
Take a listen to the Auditor-General's explanation below: