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Govt owes Auditor-General millions in unpaid fees

A report has revealed R709 million is owed by government entities that havent paid for their audits.

FILE. Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu. Picture: AGSA.

CAPE TOWN Government owes the Auditor-Generals office hundreds of millions of rand in unpaid audit fees.

Parliaments standing committee on appropriations flagged the problem in a report tabled yesterday.

The report says the Auditor-Generals office is owed R709 million by government entities that havent paid up for their audits.

Municipalities are responsible for more than half of this amount, which is around R366 million.

The standing committee on appropriations says 27 municipal entities have entered into repayment agreements, covering R99 million.

The committees report says the Auditor-General has started legal proceedings against some municipalities, but its recommending that councils with little by way of a tax base be exempted from paying for their audits.