Dlamini-Zuma warns KZN govt to guard against privatising infrastructure

This comes as the Auditor General has painted a grim picture of the state of municipalities with only 16% of the 257 municipalities receiving clean audits.

Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: KZN Cogta/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Key players in KwaZulu-Natal’s local government have on Tuesday gathered at the International Convention Centre in Durban for the Local Government Indaba where Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned municipalities to guard against auctioning and privatising capacity and infrastructure.

This comes as the Auditor-General has painted a grim picture of the state of municipalities with only 16% of the 257 municipalities receiving clean audits.

AG Tsakani Maluleke said only a quarter of municipalities submitted their financial statements on time, lamenting poor and non-existent record keeping and the employment of expensive consultants to make sense of their books.

Delivering the main address, the Dlamini-Zuma said local government should focus on building capacity within the state.

“The AG has been stressing that we spend tens of millions of rands getting consultants even just in one area of financial reports and we have nothing to show for it.”

Other issues expected to top the agenda include post-flood recovery and reconstruction as well as municipal debt for monies owed to Eskom.