The DA is deeply concerned with the dramatic increase in irregular, wasteful, fruitless and unauthorised expenditure by ANC municipalities in the latest findings of the audit outcomes of local government as reflected in the MFMA 2012-13 report, released today.
The DA will request the Minister of Cooperative and Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Pravin Gordhan, to brief the Portfolio Committee on COGTA and present a turn-around strategy to reverse these alarming trends.
According to the AG’s report, a staggering increase of R542 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure by municipalities was recorded between 2011/12 and 2012/13. Moreover, during the same period, “irregular and wasteful expenditure” increased to R11, 6 billion, up from R6, 7 billion in 2011/12.
319 Audits were conducted of which only 22 municipalities and 8 municipal entities received clean audits.
No municipality in the Free State, North West, Eastern Cape and Limpopo received a single clean audit.
This is unlike where the DA governs, where DA-run municipalities have done exceptionally well.
In the DA-run Western Cape Province, 11 municipalities were awarded clean audits; and the DA-run City of Cape Town was the only metro to receive a clean audit.
In fact, unauthorised expenditure in the City of Cape Town is at nil, compared to R598 million and R270 million in the ANC-run Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipalities respectively.
The DA-run Midvaal municipality in Gauteng received unchanged unqualified audit outcomes over the past 6 years and not a single cent was spent on irregular and wasteful expenditure.
Today’s report released by the Auditor General highlights that effective governance and strong leadership is needed to turn around local government.
Where we govern, the DA has done well on its promise to improve service delivery and ensure proper management of public funds.
South Africans have an opportunity to have this DA difference in their municipality too, if they give the DA a chance in the 2016 local government elections.
Kevin Mileham, Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
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