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Madonsela encourages good governance

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has urged municipalities to improve basic service delivery.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday urged municipalities to denounce corruption and streamline basic service delivery.

She was speaking at an indaba held by the Institute for Municipal Officers in Somerset West.

Madonsela told municipal officials that good governance was essential to service delivery which in itself needs constant improvement.

She said before councils can enjoy luxuries like naming streets, they should focus on basic services like providing water and electricity.

Madonsela says her office is currently investigating several municipal embezzlement cases.

She urged financial officers to ensure every single cent was accounted for and to constantly check for cases of false and inflated billing.

Madonsela also urged municipalities to take responsibility for findings of maladministration and not to shy away from whistle-blowers or her office.

Meanwhile, Auditor General Terence Nombembe revealed that North West municipalities spent R29 million on consultants to help prepare for an audit in the past financial year.

Only five out of 24 municipalities, four district and 19 local, in that province received unqualified audit reports.

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