Mpuma celebrates municipal audit report
By Sydney Masinga
Mbombela - Auditor-general Terrence Nombembe’s office has declined to comment on the Mpumalanga provincial government’s claims that three municipalities in the province received clean audits.
MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Madala Masuku on Wednesday released a statement in which he congratulated the Victor Khanye local municipality in Delmas, Steve Tshwete local municipality in Middelburg and Ehlanzeni district municipality in Mbombela, for reportedly being given the all clear in the AG's 2009/2010 municipal audit report.
“The Mpumalanga provincial government prides itself in that of the seven municipalities in the country that obtained clean audits ...three of them are from Mpumalanga,” said Masuku’s spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene.
“This means 43% of the municipalities that have achieved clean audits in the country are in Mpumalanga.
MEC Madala Masuku has already congratulated the three municipalities in the province for receiving the clean audits."
However, Kunene could not say how Masuku came to know about the contents of the AG report.
When contacted for comment, Nombembe's spokesperson Africa Boso declined to comment on the report.
"I cannot confirm or deny anything. The report will be tabled in June, so we will not be able to comment until then," said Boso.
Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga Anthony Benadie said the AG's report was hard to believe.
"I don't dispute that the three municipalities received clean reports.
"I disagree that only seven municipalities in the country received clean audits," said Benadie.
“Though I am not in a position to tell you how many municipalities are run by the DA in the country, but I can tell you that they are way more than seven and they all received clean audits."
Masuku said in the statement that the good performance indicated that the province was on course to meet the target of Operation Clean Audit 2014.
The operation aims for every municipality to produce a clean audit report by 2014.
“Such good performance can be attributed to paying special attention to good financial management practices and addressing challenges raised by the AG in previous financial statements," said Masuku.
He said the AG's report indicated that the municipalities spent public funds "as they were supposed to be spent".
Masuku also attributed the success of the three municipalities to good working relations between the AG, the provincial treasury and the department in supporting municipalities.
"This support is starting to bear fruit. The province will be rolling out a programme to support those municipalities that have received disclaimers and qualified reports,” Masuku said.