Salga calls for consequences over irregular municipal expenditure

The South African Local Government Association has called for stern action to be taken against municipalities who don’t comply with audit outcomes.

Salga president Parks Tau. Picture: @SALGA_Gov/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has called for stern action to be taken against municipalities who don’t comply with audit outcomes.

On Wednesday, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu reported limited improvements in the audit results of South Africa’s municipalities for the 2015/16 financial year.

Overall, local government has been found to have failed to maintain a promising five-year momentum, with only 49 out of the 263 municipalities obtaining a clean audit.

Salga’s Simphiwe Dzengwa says municipalities that have achieved irregular expenditure should face consequences.

“It could mean as well that the money that was initially budgeted for housing was used for roads or water but it’s still a service. So, it could mean a number of things… we need to be clearer when we unpack what this means.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)