KZN’s dismal Municipal Audit: Accountability starts with MEC Dube-Ncube

Democratic Alliance media statement by Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on CoGTA

 

KZN’s dismal Municipal Audit: Accountability starts with MEC Dube-Ncube

 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is deeply alarmed by the findings of Auditor-General, Kimi Makwethu, which reveal that KwaZulu-Natal has further regressed in terms of municipal management with only six of the province’s 54 municipalities achieving clean audits for the 2016/17 financial year and Msunduzimunicipality ranked sixth amongst the country’s top contributors to municipal unauthorised expenditure.

The reality is that half of our municipalities are of concern or require intervention according to the Auditor-General. Every single key indicator reported by the A-G has regressed taking our provincial municipalities to R2.5 billion in irregular expenditure.

The A-G also confirmed that KZN has been on a downward path since the 2015/2016 financial year, when it regressed from 22 to 11 clean audits. He also stated that KZN’s leadership had not embraced accountability for key internal controls and monitoring of action plans.

This lack of political accountability is evidenced by the weak threats from KZN CoGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube to hold municipal officials to account. We are yet to see this, from either her or the Premier, despite the same shocking findings year in and year out.

Reports that the Department now intends on implementing a turnaround plan – “Operation Bounce Back” – are also just more of the same. Our province has seen numerous so-called turnaround plans, yet nothing ever changes. In fact, matters only get worse. This is a direct consequence of the lack of political will that exists.

The downward spiral of KZN’s municipalities spells more bad news for the people of our province. This is the service delivery arm of any government. It is the sector of government that is closest to the people. These regressions speak directly to the lack of service delivery that is currently facing the people of KZN. Less money means less services.

KZN’s political leadership must step up and own the business of local government. They need to be held accountable for their actions and those delegated to their subordinates.  The time for such feeble warnings has come and gone. The DA expects the MEC to immediately intervene so that the root causes of these ongoing unfavourable audit outcomes can be addressed.

Leave A Comment

*