Minister Pravin Gordhan was speaking on the backdrop of the release of the audit results of the country’s municipalities for the financial year 2013/14 yesterday.
Auditor General Kimi Makwetu made the announcement in Pretoria where he reported a noticeable increase in the number of municipalities and municipal entities that received financially unqualified audit opinions with no findings.
The Free State, Limpopo and North West came out as the country’s under-performing provinces.
None of the auditees in these provinces attained clean audit opinions, while the majority received qualified, adverse or disclaimed audit opinions.
“Auditees in these provinces show financial management disciplines were very poor with significant control weakness in most municipalities.
“Overall, most of these auditees had deficient controls that rendered the system vulnerable to widespread abuse and often a loss of adequate audit trails to substantiate transactions,” said Makwetu.
Gordhan stressed that this would not be tolerated.
“We encourage MECs to oversee that councils institute disciplinary action against negligent and under-performing officials.”
He also did not hide the fact that some leadership officials may also get the boot.
“If need be we will refer some municipalities to the relevant political parties to consider a change in the leadership of these municipalities if there is no immediate improvement,” Gordhan said.