KZN MEC cracks the whip on badly performing municipalities

2015-06-26 15:45
Nomusa Dube. (File)

Nomusa Dube. (File)

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Durban - Action will be taken against poorly performing municipalities, the KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC said on Friday.

Nomusa Dube-Ncube issued the warning at a meeting with mayors and key officials from non-performing municipalities.

“Wherever municipalities fail to account for and prudently manage their resources, the department demands to know what is being done to rectify this," she said in a statement. 

All poorly performing municipalities in the province were informed of the harsh consequences they would face for non-compliance.

“Non-compliance with laws such the Municipal Financial Management Act leads to poor audit outcomes,” said Dube-Ncube.  

“Even as KZN beat all expectations in the 2013/2014 financial year with 20 clean audits for municipalities and municipal entities, there are still municipalities that received disclaimers and qualified audit opinions. They are the target of our most recent appeal for performance and compliance."

She disclosed that three municipalities received disclaimers in the province in the 2013/2014 reporting cycle: the Amajuba and Jozini districts, both of which regressed from an unqualified opinion to a disclaimer, and Hlabisa which regressed from a qualified opinion to a disclaimer.

“This seems to be a moving target with a different set of municipalities regressing into this category each year."

During the same cycle, KwaZulu-Natal also recorded eight qualified audit opinions comprising six municipalities and two municipal entities: the Umkhanyakude, Uthukela and Ugu districts, Vulamehlo, Newcastle, Mooi Mpofana, the Umhlosinga Development Agency under the Umkhanyakude district and the Hibiscus Coast Development Agency under the Harry Gwala district.

“While we accept that some municipalities battle with structural challenges, we maintain that their managers have no excuse not to be responsive and take their work seriously.

“Councils have no excuse not to ensure that they take sound decisions on critical issues of key positions in senior management and the appointment of skilled staff,” said Dube-Ncube.

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