14 municipalities lose clean audit status

Thembekile Kimi Makwetu
Picture: Simon Mathebule and Nonhlanhla Msibi

The expenditure budget for local government in 2015-16 was R378 billion but municipalities with clean audit opinions represent only 19% (R70‚9 billion) of this amount‚ the Auditor General of South Africa said on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately‚ 14 municipalities lost their clean audit status‚ while only nine moved into this category – resulting in an overall decrease in municipalities with clean audit opinions‚” the AG report noted.

The AG added: “Metros and district municipalities should be leading by example in the local government sphere‚ yet only one metro (City of Cape Town) and 14 district municipalities (32% of the all district municipalities) received clean audit opinions.”

– Download a copy of the report here


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