KZN’s clean audits are a ‘quantum leap’

2014-12-03 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL is upbeat at having achieved 20 clean municipal audits, an improvement from the seven received last year.

Co-operative Governance and ­Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC ­Nomusa Dube-Ncube called the achievement unprecedented, following the handover of individual audit reports by the auditor-general (A-G) to ­municipalities yesterday.

“It is the first time in our province that we have a record of 20 clean audits. It shows we are a hands-on government that promotes clean governance and the integrity of our public institutions,” said Dube-Ncube.

She said clean audits had long been thought by some to be a dream and an unreachable goal, but municipalities can now see that it is attainable.

“The improvement from seven to 20 is a quantum leap by any measure and an improvement of this magnitude must surely silence all critics,” said ­Dube-Ncube. “We are proud that these improvements have happened all across the board with nine out of 11 districts achieving clean audits. We also ­celebrate a reduction in irregular ­expenditure, which had previously cost many municipalities favourable audit outcomes.

“Today our municipalities account for their resources well enough to satisfy the ever more demanding auditor-general, and we are witnessing a significant correlation between the good audit ­outcomes and service delivery performance on the ground,” Dube-Ncube said.

She said that the improvements were attributed to better leadership.

“We insist on daily and monthly ­financial and performance discipline … Municipalities now regularly complete and submit financial and performance reports. Critically, effective oversight structures have contributed significantly to this positive audit outlook.”

She added that they will continue to work towards the goal of achieving clean audits. “We are not about to take our foot off the pedal. It is our view that none of our municipalities belong to the qualified audit category,” Dube-Ncube said. — Witness Reporter.


• eThekwini did not receive a qualified audit as was reported in yesterday’s Witness. The municipality’s audit ­outcome remained unchanged from the previous year — unqualified with findings.

• Safe City Pietermaritzburg as a ­municipal entity received a clean audit for the second year in a row.

• KZN Cogta MEC Nomusa ­Dube-Ncube noted some sterling ­individual performances. She said: “For example, the chief financial ­officer of ­Ladysmith, Muzi Hloba, who had left Richmond with a clean audit, joined Emnambith/Ladysmith where he also got a clean audit. The ­municipal ­manager of Mandeni, ­Lulamile ­Mapholoba, had left Umzimkhulu with a clean audit and achieved a clean ­audit at Mandeni as well.”

• The A-G said poor audit outcomes were because of inadequate systems and processes, lack of adequate ­documentation and loopholes in the supply chain management processes.

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