DA finds handy campaign weapon for local govt poll

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Francois Rodgers.
Francois Rodgers.

As local government elections loom, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will be using the Auditor-General’s (AG) recent report highlighting the mishandling of funds by some KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial departments as a weapon to garner votes.

DA provincial leader, Francois Rodgers, yesterday fired the first salvo, describing the audit findings as proof that the ANC-led provincial government was incapable of running KZN.

“The AG’s finding that KZN is the province with the highest rate of irregular expenditure in the country, at R9,75 billion, is alarming and points to a dire need for change. The province also recorded the highest closing balance at R44,5 billion.

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