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Clean audits for 17 percent of municipalities

This compares to the nine percent that received clean audits in the previous year.

FILE: Auditor General Kimi Makwetu. Picture: AGSA.

CAPE TOWN - Auditor General Kimi Makwetu says 17 percent of municipalities and municipal entities achieved clean audits in the 2013/2014 financial year.

Thats a significant improvement compared to the nine percent that received clean audits in the previous year.

Makwetu has been briefing journalists at Parliament and his report covers the audit outcomes of 268 municipalities and 57 municipal entities.

In 2012/2013 just 30 received clean audits, but for the past financial year the figure is 58.

Makwetu says its a laudable achievement.

That is a very positive development in terms of financial management accountability.

But he warned that municipalities inability to collect money owing them for services is a financial risk.

Makwetu also says theres a greater reliance on consultants, although theyre now being better managed.