Municipality gets clean audit

2016-02-10 06:00
MALEFU VILAKAZI, the executive mayor of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, is happy with a clean audit for the financial year 2014-’15. Photo: Tladi Moloi

MALEFU VILAKAZI, the executive mayor of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, is happy with a clean audit for the financial year 2014-’15. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality is tops!

This is according to the auditor general (AG) in his findings in the affairs of this district municipality for the financial year 2014-’15.

During a presentation at a council meeting of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality held recently, a senior manager from the office of the AG of South Africa, Sam Zwane, confirmed that this district municipality has received a clean audit for the financial year 2014-’15, which is an unqualified audit opinion with no findings.

The Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality is the first municipality in the Free State to receive an unqualified audit opinion after having received unqualified audit opinions with findings for four years in succession since 2011.

  • Zwane explained to the council that an unqualified opinion with no findings (clean) means the auditee was able to: produce financial statements free of material misstatements;) report in a useful and reliable manner on performance as measured against predetermined objectives in the annual performance plan; and) comply with key legislation.

“We are proud to have been associated with this municipality. We have worked hard to ensure that we receive the good results. We therefore urge the municipality to keep the discipline so as not to regress,” Zwane emphasised.

The executive mayor, Malefu Vilakazi, said the clean audit was a collaborative effort of the councillors, management and staff of Thabo Mofutsanyana, who worked tirelessly to ensure that areas of concern raised by the AG were addressed.

She also thanked the municipal public accounts committee, which is chaired by Cllr Mama Motloung, the audit committee and the council for the oversight role that they have played.

“From the first day we received the news that the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality has received a clean audit, we could not hide our excitement and even until today, our joy is still overflowing,” she said.

Councillors from opposition parties also praised the Thabo Mofu­tsanyana District Municipality for achieving a clean audit.

Cllr C.H.E. Badenhorst of the DA said it is a privilege to have the clean audit and urged the municipality to work hard on all aspects of governance and service delivery.

Cllr Moeketsi Lebesa of the Dikwan-kwetla Party of South Africa thanked the council for setting up a Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), which he said played a crucial role as a voice that assisted the municipality in this achievement.

“Our challenge now is to ensure that we sustain this clean audit.”

Speaker Mbothoma Maduna said when a target was set by the government in 2009 of a clean audit by 2014, it seemed like mission impossible.

He added that it was a great moment when it showed that a clean audit is achievable.

From the first day we received the news that the Thabo Mofu­tsanyana District Municipality has received a clean audit, we could not hide our excitement and even until today, our joy is still overflowing.

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