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South Africa's municipalities spending big on salaries, while most battle to stay afloat

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A report by the Autidor-General showed that 34% of municipalities ended the 2018-2019 in a deficit. (Getty Images)
A report by the Autidor-General showed that 34% of municipalities ended the 2018-2019 in a deficit. (Getty Images)

While South Africa's municipalities spent a combined R91 billion on the salaries of municipal workers and councillors, most of the poorest councils are on the brink of going bust.

A report by the Auditor-General (AG) shows that out of 229 municipalities audited, 34% (or 77) ended the 2018-2019 financial year with a deficit.

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