- The Auditor General of South Africa will be announcing the full audit of local municipalities on 1 July
- The report will highlight the top performers and some of the most unscrupulous administrations in the country
- The Western Cape has been revealed as a top performer, receiving a clean audit for 72% of its municipalities
The Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) is set to release its full findings on local municipalities in South Africa on 1 July.
While most of the full audit findings are yet to be published, the Western Cape Provincial Government has happily announced that 72% of its municipalities have been awarded clean audits.
Reporting on the Western Cape's audit, Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, said that AGSA’s report demonstrated a meticulous financial work ethic and showed that taxpayers' money is being directed to appropriate areas.
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu is expected to release the outcome of the consolidated local government audits on Wednesday morning.
"It’s simple. These reports show that taxpayers money is going where it is meant to go and not to lining the pockets of friends and families of politicians or corrupt officials.
"Managing money well, not wasting or stealing it, is critical if you want to deliver the services needed to make the province a better place for all who live in it."
Breddell said that the Western Cape is head-and-shoulders above other provinces in terms of not stealing money, said The South African.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde wasted no time in taking to social media to share that his province was among the top performers.
In other news about controversial municipal goings-on, Briefly.co.za reported that a municipal manager in one of the municipalities in Mpumalanga gave himself a 48% salary increase during the pandemic.
BusinessLIVE reported that only 20 - or 8% of South Africa’s 257 municipalities - managed to get clean audits. The Western Cape remained the top performing province with 13 of its 30 municipalities recording clean audits, up from 12 the previous year
Among others, the municipalities that received clean audits in the Western Cape are Bergrivier, Cederberg, Saldanha Bay, Drakenstein, Langeberg, Witzenberg and Cape Agulhas.
The Eastern Cape, North West and Northern Cape had some of the worst performing municipalities.
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