Zille issues ‘personal challenge’ to Zuma

2011-05-11 12:41

President Jacob Zuma must make the full Treasury report on the audit outcomes of municipalities public before local government elections next week, DA leader Helen Zille said today.

This would allow voters to go the polls fully informed, she said in a statement.

“I am issuing a personal challenge to President Zuma: make the full report public before South Africa goes to the polls next Wednesday. Give every voter the opportunity to make a fully informed decision before they cast their ballot.”

Zille’s call came after a Beeld report that Cabinet had refused to release the report.

According to the newspaper, the report details how 46 municipalities have not issued audit reports, 70% of financial information from municipalities is unusable, 48% of financial information submitted by municipalities is not trustworthy and almost 25% of municipalities can’t produce the necessary supporting documentation.

“The report paints a damning picture of the state of municipal finances across the country and explains why ANC-run municipalities have failed to deliver a better life for all,” said Zille.

“The people have a right to know how the governing party in their municipality has performed before they vote.”

She called the refusal to release the report a “cover-up” and said Zuma should make the document available to the public without delay. 

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