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Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke. Image:Twitter @AuditorGen_SA

Auditor General reveals billions wasted by municipalities

“Local government has been characterised by dysfunctional municipalities, financial mismanagement”- AG Tsakani Maluleke

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Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke. Image:Twitter @AuditorGen_SA

Auditor general Tsakani Maluleke revealed a stark reality on how municipal finances are use. Maluleke reported that municipalities racked up R4.74 billion in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, R25.47 billion in unauthorised expenditure, and that the R1.6 billion spent on ineffective consultants.

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These are some of the shocking figures revealed by the auditor general presented in from of parliament on Wednesday, on his annual report on municipalities for the year ending June 2022.

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The South African Local Government Association (SALGA), has called on urgent accountability and stricter leadership from municipal leadership.

“Calls on municipal leadership to take stern actions during their term of office, towards non-submission of financial statements and eliminating and recovering monies lost through irregular,fruitless and wasterful expenditure”,

“Urgent action to enforce accountability and consequence management, as well as stable leadership in key positions, crucial for positive audit outcomes.” it said in a statement.


Only 38 of the country’s 257 municipalities received a clean audit-down from 41- with 21 being from the Democratic Alliance run Western Cape.

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“Rectifying South Africa’s issues begins at the local government level, and through the continuous provision of clean and reliable governance in the Western Cape, we will remain a shining example for the rest of the country”, says DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Local Government Isaac Sileku.

“Western Cape Municipalities not only continue to deliver clean governance to the province’s residents but have also made substantial progress in reducing the number of municipalities receiving a disclaimed audit opinion with findings. As of now, there remains only one municipality in the entire Western Cape that received such an audit opinion”

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