Alex Japho Matlala
2 minute read
24 Oct 2019
6:10 am

Limpopo’s creaking municipalities have premier, AG at wits’ end

Alex Japho Matlala

None of the municipalities in the province got a clean audit opinion from the auditor-general last year.

Limpopo premier Stanley Mathabatha. Photo: Gallo Images

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha and the Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu are at their wits’ end due to the fact that nearly half of the province’s 27 district and local municipalities have no full-time municipal managers. This comes against the backdrop of the news that none of the municipalities in the province got a clean audit opinion from the AG last year. Mathabatha and Makwetu identified a shortage of experienced municipal managers and chief financial officers (CFOs) as among the serious problems faced by municipalities. Makwetu also identified failure by councils to make managers accountable as a problem. Several municipalities have...