If 1 municipality can do it, all 30 can do it – Salga on clean audits in Limpopo

2013-10-23 11:30

Limpopo municipalities will this week converge under the auspices of the SA Local Government Association (Salga) to map the way towards achieving clean financial audits in 2014 and improving general municipal governance.

Salga is, from today until Friday, holding its provincial members’ assembly in Tzaneen where dismal municipal financial performance will be discussed.

This follows dismal results where only one – Waterberg District Municipality – out of 30 Limpopo municipalities received a clean audit in the last financial year. These results came amid reports of financial mismanagement, nepotism, misappropriation, irregular and wasteful expenditure, tender irregularities as well as alleged corruption.

“We will look deeply into many issues including finances and how do we ensure we account for public funds. Clean audits (by) 2014 is possible. If it was achieved by Waterberg District Municipality then it is achievable for everyone,” said Salga Limpopo chairperson Mogobo Magabe.

Salga Limpopo provincial executive officer Thapelo Matlala said his organisation was not only going out to urge and empower municipalities to work towards achieving clean audits but said Salga itself was serving as an example of a well-run organisation.

“Salga received a clean audit opinion from the Auditor-General. This should serve an example to our municipalities,” said Matlala.

“Our provincial assembly will also look at issues of making our communities role players in municipal governance and one of the items will be on how to become a good councillor. This will deal with the avoiding of social distance by councillors.”

The gathering will also look into a variety of other issues, including water shortage across Limpopo, debts, labour issues and service delivery in general.

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, who has vowed to crack the whip on crooked governance, was expected to address the gathering of municipalities, attended by mayors, councillors and other municipal officials.

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