Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
15 Jun 2022
7:51 pm

Only 16% of SA’s municipalities get clean audits, Free State councils ‘should be ashamed’

Sipho Mabena

The Free State has the dubious honour of having the most outstanding audits, while also blowing R254 million on consultants to help them improve.

Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke. Picture: Twitter/@CoruscaKhaya

A mere 16% of the 257 municipalities have received a clean audit for the 2020-21 financial year, whilst 25 municipalities or about 10%, scored disclaimed audit opinions – the worst audit opinion possible. Only Gauteng and the Western Cape did not have any municipalities with disclaimed opinions during this period. Also Read: Municipalities hold their breaths as Auditor-General to release annual audit outcomes Most of the municipalities that repeatedly received disclaimed opinions are in North West. A disclaimed opinion is the worst audit opinion a municipality can receive, as it means that the municipality could not provide auditors with evidence...