KZN municipalities: MEC needs a reality check

George Mari, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA

Despite vigorous claims to the contrary by KwaZulu-Natal COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube, information sourced by the Democratic Alliance shows a decline in local government performance in the province over the past five years, with a sharp drop during the past two reporting years.

The research, conducted using the Auditor-General’s opinion over a five year period between 2007 and 2012 as a measure, shows that;

–        The number of municipalities that have regressed went from seven in 2007 to 15 in 2012

–        The number of municipalities that recorded neither an improvement or drop in performance levels remained fairly static throughout

–        The number of municipalities which improved dropped from 11 in 2007 to four in 2012.

  2010/11-2011/12 2009/10-2010/11 2008/09-

2009/10

2007/08-2008/09

 

Unchanged

42

44

46

43

Regressed

15(4)

6(1)

1

7

Improved

4

11

14(3)

11

 

61

61

61

61

The figures indicated in brackets are the number of municipalities that ‘jumped’ two measures on the A-G’s opinion scale. The graph shows clearly that the biggest decline in performance audits was during the last two reporting periods, with 2011-12 an absolute downhill tumble.

Several interesting factors have emerged;

–         Four municipalities ‘jumped’ two measures on the AG opinion scale, regressing from ‘unqualified’ to ‘disclaimer.  One of these is Abaqulusi

–        The biggest improvements took place during the 2008/9 – 2009/10 period, when the greatest number of municipalities progressed, with three doing so in ‘leaps and bounds’.

Municipal performance impacts directly on the lives of ordinary people. It is unacceptable that standards should decline year after year.

The MEC must stop pretending that all is well and start facing reality.