The Municipal Audit report has revealed horrifying financial damages done to municipalities by the ANC.

This follows the presentation on key findings of the Municipal Audit report for the 2015/16 financial year.

The Democratic Alliance said the Municipal audit showed the damages done by the ANC to the financial status of municipalities where it governed during 2015/16 across South Africa.

The audit interrogated the financial state of municipalities across the country between 31 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

The interrogation, DA said, revealed the following disturbing findings:

  • There was a total of almost R17 billion in irregular expenditure in 2015/16, an increase of R5 billion over 2014/15;
  • The municipalities failed to notice almost 40% of their own irregular expenditure; The North West contributed a staggering 15% of the total irregular expenditure;
  • The worst contributor responsible for the irregular expenditure in 2015/16 was OR Tambo District, ANC governed, at R1.56 billion;
  • Over half of all unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure reported was not investigated at all.

The DA asserted that the ANC government is directly responsible for the financially crippling of municipalities through thieving and looting.

”This is money that should have been spent on delivering basic services to the people. Yet it has become abundantly clear that the ANC continues to put its self-interest above the needs of the people.

“This is what the DA inherited where we came into government after August 2016 and now the financial situation of these municipalities is fast improving.

“…Where the DA governs, we implement good, clean governance so that we can deliver services, cut corruption and create jobs.

“While the ANC abandons the people and squanders money that should go towards improving the lives of millions of South Africans, DA governments will continue to prioritise what the people voted us into power to do and that is to serve them,” stated Maimane’s party.