South African citizens must be concerned about the standard of administration in which municipalities are being run. Under normal circumstances, citizens expect municipalities to do everything by the book, and when they pay rates to the local government, they expect a return of basic services to be rendered too them and as far as administration is concerned, there is a natural expectation that municipalities should follow the law and everything they do should be according to legalities and there should be relevance in everything they do.
According to the feedback issued by the Auditor general of South Africa, Tsakani Maluleke, we should be concerned as South African municipalities have been figured to have spent at least R1 billion of consultations alone, yet the statements that the Auditor genera has received they don't add up at all. According to Tsakani Maluleke, what the municipalities did is that they paid consultants so that they they can compile financial statements for them, but the concern is that in some cases, the statements that wee issued by some municipalities don't add up.
This has also led to the Auditor general to be concerned about the administrative decisions that were made by these municipalities, especially since they have paid consultants who had no knowledge or skill about what they were actually doing. Tsakani Maluleke has been making her submissions to the parliament's committees on municipal audit outcomes for the financial year that began in April of 2019 until the end of March 2020. South Africa does not have much financial resources, and therefore it gets concerning when local government fails to be disciplined when it comes to their financial statements.
The worse part that the Auditor general has indicated is that out of 100%, only 28% of municipalities in South Africa have submitted quality financial statements. What were these municipalities have been doing, and how did they get to hire consultants who have no skill to structure financial statement audits? There is much of essential data that has not been recorded by these municipalities and this is also a matter of concern, and it also raises allegations of corruption, poor financial statements can indicate that some monies wee stolen.
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