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Irregular expenditure in municipalities balloons to over R16bn - AG

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Johannesburg – Deviation from supply chain management regulations resulted in the irregular expenditure of municipalities ballooning over 50% to R16.81bn, the auditor general revealed.

According to auditor general Kimi Makwetu’s report on local government audit outcomes, released on Wednesday, the expenditure does not necessarily mean money was wasted or that fraud was committed, but is rather an indication of non-compliance.

The auditor generalassessed 263 municipalities and 51 municipal entities. On average, 20% of the 263 municipalities was classified as having “robust and strong” financial controls, said Makwetu.

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