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NC municipalities making little progress – AG

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Only three percent of the municipalities returned a clean audit, compared to seven percent for the 2015/2016 period, while less than half provided quality financial statements.

The latest provincial overview proved comparatively stagnant. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Accountability continues to fail local government as it points to glaring lapses in oversight, leadership and governance.

This is according the Auditor-General of South Africa’s (AGSA) office in the Northern Cape who today revealed that the province’s 2016/2017 municipal audit outcomes reflect little progress when compared to the previous year.

These results follow last month’s announcement of the consolidated local government outcomes by Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, with spokesperson for the provincial office, Charles Baloyi, yesterday stating that the latest provincial overview proved comparatively stagnant.

Only three percent of the municipalities returned a clean audit, compared to seven percent for the 2015/2016 period, while less than half provided quality financial statements.

A majority of 83 percent of municipalities’ audit outcomes stagnated with Baloyi pointing out that the fact that the audit outcomes of 52 percent of municipalities were modified (either qualified or disclaimed) was confirmation that leadership at most municipalities still failed grasp the importance of accountability as tool to ensure good governance.