The shocking latest municipal audit results, showing an overall regression in auditing outcomes for the 2018/2019 financial year, bear witness to the urgent need for a clean-up on local government level.
Irregular expenditure increased to R32.06 billion from the R25.2 billion reported last year. This reckless behaviour by municipal officials must be brought to an end by either retraining or appointing suitable qualified candidates with a background in accounting who will adhere to the prescripts and recognised accounting disciplines.
The alarming increase in irregular, unauthorised and wasteful expenditure that was highlighted in the audit report of Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu, shows that anticorruption measures are not in place or if they are there, they are not being adhered to.
Municipal office bearers must at all times remember that they work with public money and they are robbing the taxpayer from the benefits they should see from their hard-earned contributions.
Municipalities must be held accountable for their actions, wasteful expenditure must be investigated and those found guilty must face the full might of the law.
We cannot carry on like this especially now, when we need all the money available to us to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
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