Saul cracks down on looting after double irregular expenditure report

Saul cracks down on looting after double irregular expenditure report

Zamani Saul wants to take those responsible for the poor state of municipal finances to task, regardless of which party they belong to. This follows the Auditor-General's report showing that two municipalities had regressed in their audits.

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Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul is on a mission to take those responsible for looting his province to task.

The Sowetan reports that the Auditor-General had found irregular expenditure in the region had almost doubled from the previous financial year, soaring up to R586 million.

While Saul does not have authority over municipalities, he vowed to give them direction at a conference in November:

"If the auditor-general says that there is suspicion in how this tender was issued and this matter must be reported to the law-enforcement agencies, we are going to blindfold ourselves and not ask who is affected, we'll take that matter to law-enforcement agencies for prosecution of people who are implicated. We are going to blindfold ourselves like Lady Justice this time."

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Despite the premier's effort, Andrew Louw, leader of the Democratic Alliance in the province, feels he will be met with resistance from within the ANC:

"While the premier has indicated that he will implement all of the AG's recommendations without fear or favour, and that he will not hesitate to lay criminal charges against those who find themselves guilty of wrongdoing, it remains to be seen whether the factions within the ruling party will allow this."

Pule Mabe, spokesperson for the ruling party, on the other hand says that the ANC will give Saul the chance to rule his province as he sees fit:

"We shouldn't be pre-emptive and should allow the premier to conduct his work will within the prescripts of the law and in manner he deems appropriate in the interest of the people who have continued to express confidence in the African National Congress."

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