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Makwetu say only 12% of municipalities are financially compliant

Auditor General Kimi Makwetu said that local government audit results for the 2017-2018 financial year have revealed that 88% of municipalities in South Africa are still unfairly awarding tenders and disregarding the compliance by supply chain management.

EWN reported that of the 257 municipalities only 18 were found to have consistently clean audit results.  Twelve of these municipalities are in the Western Cape province.

Only 3% of the R380-billion allocated to municipalities by government during the 2017/2018 financial year could be accounted for said Makwetu.

Around 824 suppliers had falsely declared to be paid and almost a billion rand worth of tenders had been awarded to state officials which is in violation of the Municipal Financial Management Act.

According to Makwetu there have been numerous municipalities in Limpopo where individuals with limited technical knowledge are in CFO positions.  One of these municipalities has spent in excess of R177-million on financial management and reporting services.

No municipalities in the Free State, North West or Limpopo received a clean audit.