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Think Piece: Makwetu speaks into a void, as graft won’t be tackled

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The municipalities will continue to plunder and loot until they are unable to provide basic services. And then the consequences will be catastrophic.


07 Jul 2020
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Think Piece: Makwetu speaks into a void, as graft won’t be tackled

Eersterust residents can be seen protesting after some of them were evicted from an open piece of land that they had occupied, 24 June 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu released the 2018-2019 Municipal Finance Management Act consolidated general report on local government audit outcomes last week, which indicated extreme abuse of the public purse. With an apparent lack of oversight of municipalities, and no accountability or consequence management, there were 28 outstanding audits. If the government cannot get municipalities to submit their financial statements on time, how can it stem the tide of corruption? The financial statements reflect a culture of nonaccountability: R1.26 billion was spent on consultants to assist in the preparation of financial statements; 41% of municipalities had no policy or no approved policy...

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