Hendri Pelser
3 minute read
11 Jul 2020
4:50 am

Auditor-General left to shovel municipal audit crud

Hendri Pelser

The difference is the mythical Hercules succeeded with the Augean stables in just a day. The admirably dogged Auditor-General has had to labour for seven years, only to see the manure pile grow.

Picture for illustration purposes. Photo posted on Facebook by the Office of the Premier: Limpopo Provincial Government.

Greek hero Hercules and Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu have at least one thing in common: they were both tasked with getting rid of decades of accumulated dung. The difference is the mythical Hercules succeeded with the Augean stables in just a day. The admirably dogged Makwetu has had to labour for seven years, only to see the shit pile grow. Makwetu’s approach has always been low key. Nevertheless, in each of his annual reports covering provincial and national entities, he has been unsparing in his warnings. But to best trace the unravelling of SA, one should look to his annual report...