Western Cape has the most 'clean' municipalities in South Africa

It is your fault, frankly! Yeah, yours! Your fault that the municipal finances are in a mess! Why? Because either you didn’t bother to vote for somebody who is honest enough to be the mayor. Or you voted for a crook…

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show

You can’t go and get cross and burn stuff… at some point, we’ve got to say it’s our own fault. We elected these people who are robbing us blind or are incapable of doing the job.

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show

Only 18 municipalities in South Africa got a clean audit, according to auditor-general Kimi Makwetu.

Thirty-three municipalities obtained a clean audit last year.

There are 257 municipalities in the country.

The Western Cape has regressed but still has 12 of the 18 municipalities with clean audits.

Free State, North West and Limpopo didn’t get a single clean audit.

Midvaal in Gauteng sustained a clean audit for the fifth year in a row.

Irregular expenditure has gone down from R28 billion to R25 billion.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Makwetu.

Makwetu said accountability in local government continued to deteriorate.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

The interface between humans, money and materials are misaligned… we are bound to have problems where some municipalities are unable to pay for services rendered… largely through humans responsible for managing the money…

Kimi Makwetu, auditor-general

…When we sign off audit reports at the end of July we’ll be doing so in terms of the new Act…

Kimi Makwetu, auditor-general

Even though we have the power we have they won’t take us far if we don’t have leadership… that has little tolerance for deviation from policies…

Kimi Makwetu, auditor-general

In certain instances, it doesn’t even require a chartered accountant… You see the money spent… but no buildings to justify the spend…

Kimi Makwetu, auditor-general

If you can isolate the abusive side of things… we can go forward.

Kimi Makwetu, auditor-general

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