Mixed reaction to 2014/2015 audit report on municipalities

A number of political parties in Parliament have welcomed the increase in the number of municipalities that have received clean audits in the 2014/2015 financial year.

About 272 out of 278 local municipalities were audited in the financial year 2014/2015. It is said that the remaining six missed the cut off date to submit their financial statements.

The opposition has however raised some concerns. According to the audits, the Western Cape has the highest proportion of municipalities that have received clean audits at 73%, followed by Gauteng at 33% and KwaZulu Natal at 30%.

Congress of the People says this is a drop in the ocean and is an indication of poor service delivery. United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa blames politicians saying they tend to influence certain decisions compromising finances.

“The UDM welcomes the improvement on keeping our books in good stand at municipal level however we feel strongly that we could have done more had it not been for political directives to the accounting officers which at times ate laced with corruption.”

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Local Government Department says the clean audits received by many of its municipalities can be attributed to good governance, transparency and accountability.

At 73%, the Western Cape again came out tops as the province with the most clean audits received in the last financial year.
Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, tabled his audit report in Pretoria. He says 92% of municipalities around the country are experiencing financial problems.

Western Cape local government spokesperson, James-Brent Styan says, “Increasing from 2 to 22 over five years is a massive accomplishment. We look forward to working with the municipalities that have not achieved the ultimate goal yet. If they cooperate with us and we all work together we can achieve even more clean audits in the period to come.”




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